Walking Down The Same Alleys We Used To Walk Through Before You Left Me

22 Jul

                                thCAHVI8AY

(another one from my book: The Aftermath, etc. by Get in the car, Helen–published by Nate Jordon/Monkey Puzzle Press)

walking down the same alleys we used to walk through before you left me

 

I walk down the one

that shares dirt

with a church

 

the exact spot where we both stopped

one night

long before this nightmare

had ever heard of such things

                as dreaming

 

coming home from the bars

3 blocks from our apartment

surrounded by the chocolate syrup

                of night

 

and you had to piss

and I had to piss

 

so we both did

what we needed to do

 

which back then was the same thing

 

we both had to piss

 

so we did

 

you on one end of the block

and me somewhere in the middle

 

that’s when I saw the cloaked man

appear like a fucked up Geiko commercial

                from the shadows

 

he was a cop

 

and I heard him say something to you

that I can’t remember

 

your pants pulled up real fast

during the exchange

 

and then he walked over to me

as I re-sheathed my own

                weiner

 

shaking his head

as he quoted me the current

laws against public urination

 

I tried to explain to him

that we lived only a couple

                of blocks away

 

and that we weren’t drunk driving

we were just drunk walking

 

and that there was nobody else

around

except him

 

and surely he’d been in a public

bathroom before

and witnessed complete strangers

urinating

 

ergo: nobody gets hurt

 

he wanted to lecture me

on the sins of peeing on a church

 

but I rebuked his verbal charges

insisting, which was true

 

that I wasn’t peeing

‘on’ a church

I was peeing ‘next to’

a church

 

and then I started laughing

and he started laughing

 

and then just like you’ve done

now

 

all these many months later

 

he turned his back

on the whole thing

 

and let us go

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