cold coffee

by Thomas   Dec 24, 2017

we sip cold coffee from the mouths
of stolen styrofoam cups at a kitchen
table with three wooden legs, the fourth
a prosthetic- PVC pipe and duct tape.

we drink eyes down, not speaking, sounds
of the city- vehicle traffic, the bell of
a Salvation Army crier, construction-
playing the soundtrack to our morning.

our apartment boasts a self-imposed
weapons and dangerous items ban that
rivals the list enforced by the TSA-
no glassware, cutlery, guns, tea pots, pans.

with the accuracy you possess sending
two-pronged corn cobs flying in my
direction it’s a wonder why you never
considered taking up darts professionally.

we explain away holes in the walls as
modern art to our infrequent guests.
the only thing stronger than fear of one
another is our mutual fear of being alone.


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  • 1 month ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Raw and unique in your visuals. No one can write your experience and perspective but you. Thank you for sharing some of this realness. There's the hesitancy in words unsaid, the stories violently told throughout the apartment, and the underlying fear that somehow unites you both. Powerful.

  • 1 month ago

    by Tony

    I don't comment often, but I could not pass this up. Put simply, you moved me.

  • 1 month ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Crikey Thomas! What a tragic picture you paint with your words, just lightened by your hints of sarcasm. Excellent! :-) x

  • 1 month ago

    by Brenda

    Thomas, I loved this! Your visuals are so raw, it spun this write into that direction of desperation of two souls attempting to even be in the same room with each other and not kill the other one. Well done-welcome back also-I look forward to more of your poems-

  • 1 month ago

    by mossgirl19

    Wow. A cutting piece that captures well the physical and maybe mental chaos between two people who may not love each other anymore and yet cannot let go of each other for fear of being alone. Your way with words is amazing. I am more than glad that you are back to PnQ! Welcome home.

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