Operators

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#1 Coffee and ink. #2 Malbec and ink.

 

 

Operators 

 

 

Get married today. 

Here’s what you’ll receive: 

The driest of kisses. 

The longest of sidelong glances. 

Shoulder blades sharpened to perfection 

And coffee cooled by the silences between sips. 

But that’s not all.

You’ll also get:

Someone to cry with.

Someone to cry because of.

An expert blame game scorekeeper.

And real time hands on 24 hour driving instruction.

But that’s not all.

If you act now you’ll also receive:

Apologies through gritted teeth.

Advice at the top of its lungs.

Winces disguised as smiles.

Smiles disguised as winces

And laughs given like little wrapped candies.

But that’s not all.

You’ll also get:

Stabs of indifference.

Throat strikes of tenderness.

Little exhales weighed by the ton

And custom ribcage hand rests.

But there’s more:

Sweatpants and flannel crumpling bumpily where fishnets once lured.

Accusations written in the code of unwashed dishes.

Compliments equipped with luggage racks.

And sighs as soft as bludgeons.

Operators are standing by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasure Island, Florida. Winter, 2012

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