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Today

Today I am full of myself
because last night I was full of you

yeah, you know how to make me sing
off-key and loud, in a single bed
and every part of me that you have touched
I like better than I did before

other cars drive by and stare because
I am full of myself and singing
I am driving
driving toward the sound of your voice
although it's not to me that you are speaking
and I know I'll never get there
I'm going in the wrong direction

I can hear when your tongue
meets the back of your teeth
and I smile
because that's not all your tongue has met

today I don't want to wash my clothes
the smell of stale smoke and sex
the smell of your neck and your back
the smell of you all over me

your self-conscious morning breath
staccato snoring in my ear (which you deny)
the way you sleep with one foot always touching me
your hair in the morning uneven and asymmetrical

and I am driving
driving toward the sound of your voice
although it's not to me that you are speaking
and I know I'll never get there
because I'm going in the wrong direction

we are pushing the boundaries of public decency
on a park bench at Lake Harriet at 2am
I am wondering if every passing car is my mother
just "out for a drive"

and I wanted to say I love you
but you say I'm just in love with the danger
and I nod my head because I think
it's easier for you that way

last night I told you
that you were Thelma
and I was Louise
and we were headed straight for the Grand Canyon
devil-may-care

you said you never saw that movie
and I said Good
keep driving

Posted February 15, 2003 5:28 PM | On This Day: 2005