Tag: love

The Lydia Davis Project: Mr. Burdoff’s Visit to Germany

(A response to Lydia Davis’ short story ‘Mr. Burdoff’s Visit to Germany’)

Go away to a far away place,
Find yourself swallowed whole
And taken by the sumptuous sights
And awesome attraction.

This place is so foreign and new.
You feel the air you breathe
Suffocates you with fresh perspective.

You’ve done this so many
Times before.
But this time is different.
This time is the final time.

Like all great escapes,
You fall in love.
In love with the city,
In love with the people,
In love with a kindred spirit.

But as soon as it begins,
It ends.
And you wish you could
Start all over

The Lydia Davis Project: Break It Down

(Based on Lydia Davis’ short story ‘Break It Down’)

Time is money, they say.
And love takes time.
So let’s break it down:
Love costs money.
And heartbreak leaves
You empty-handed.

The rest of your days are
Spent calculating and speculating
What you could have saved,
What you could have made,
Had you not fallen for
That girl,
That boy,
That one who left you breathless.

You round up,
You round down.
Doesn’t matter
How much your paycheck
Was eaten up
When there’s this sting
In your chest.

Counting up the change,
The bills and receipts,
Is a bitter consolation
To not knowing if
I love you too
Was as hollow as it sounded.

Warning Signs

A kiss meaning nothing hiding in the skin of everything.

With sudden charismatic energy that flows without direction.

Something hidden between our walls, screaming but not heard.

Retreat, for these warning signs are but a glimpse.

And yet we choose to swim in this pool of tears when sinking ends all.