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My Bus Is Almost Here and I’m Married

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But you smack
your lips,
groan,
like I’m piece of chocolate cake,
you’re about to fuck,
or your mother’s cookies.
On Smithfield, you say
I’d like to take those
home and play with ’em.
Three minutes later,
still on Smithfield,
you say Girl,
you’re making me cream
and I walk faster,
eat my apple
so my mouth will be full
if you try to talk to me.
Then, your hand
is on my shoulder,
but it didn’t ask
and when I give you
the wrong number
you say
don’t tell your husband.
I tell you my name is Patty,
which sounds close enough
to Teddi that, if I ever see you again,
I can blame you
for mishearing me.

— Teddi Salsgiver

Teddi Salsgiver’s work is forthcoming in Voices from the Attic, Vol. XXI. Salsgiver was the recipient of both the 2014 and 2015 Marilyn P. Donnelly Awards for Poetry. She lives in Dormont. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Saturday morning on 90.5 FM.




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