Infinity, Jewel (part 3)

4 Jul

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Infinity, Jewel (part 3)

(for the 4th of July)

 

sitting at his computer

on the 4th of July

staring through Facebook

at a picture

 

of the pop star posing

at the bow of the boat

while wearing a bikini

 

he pretended that he

wasn’t just staring at a picture

he pretended that he was Skyping

with Jewel

 

she swore that she missed him

and that she’d be home soon

 

and he told her that he was no Christian Grey

“Enjoy yourself. I’m fine.

It’s not like I’m secretly

plotting to chart a plane

 

to come find you because

I’m narcissistically needy

and don’t trust you.

 

Take your time. I’ve got plenty of things

to do around here. I’ll see you when

you get back.

 

I love you.”

 

and despite the fact that she looked

almost sunburned, Jewel confessed

that she loved him too

 

after closing down their Skype connection

or however that works

the man turned from his laptop

 

and walked over to say hello to the blu ray player

that also played dvd’s

 

he put in the 30th anniversary edition

of Jaws on its 40th birthday

 

because he felt like being around people

without all the going-out-hassles

of being around people

 

watching Jaws was the closest thing

he’d come to hanging out at the beach

in years

 

and there’s nothing wrong with that!

 

Jewel isn’t ignoring his phone calls

because he’s never called her, and besides that

she’s real busy

 

I mean, happy birthday

America!

you’re still fuckable

 

he thought to himself

before grabbing the most recent copy

of US magazine while wondering

 

about the environment

and walking upstairs

to take a bath

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