AS I WAS SAYING

     Ashley D. Escobar 

 

yeah, it’s sensational  vaguely intentional                      they’re overthrowing the humble king               

                                                                               (what a pig

                                                                                               what a pig)

 

an end to all ends                       onslaught, slaughtered           

                              le comédie, le tragédie           

all of this, this is me                  a windmill without arms

 

nothing is yet              enough           

was crawling through the sewer        

of the bygone hotel in

memphis, tennessee                   no one knows what i                  call graceland anymore

 

i cover your smile, i cover

the touch, i am two lovers,

cut from the same cloth         

                  we use in unison

we are smoking gauloises in

bed, a cigarette for all your

problems                                            (you cannot afford such a thing)

 

aha! kevin’s at it, he’s

cutting barbed wire in his

tiny flat, chinchilla                         fear of salmonella                         over and lush.

Ashley D. Escobar studies human connection and solitude through the lenses of literature, philosophy, and art at Bennington College. She was selected for the 2020 Catherine Morrison Golden '55 P'80 Undergraduate Writing Fellowship in Fiction. Her work can be found in MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture, Die Bärliner, and forthcoming in BlueHouse Journal. People watching is her favorite hobby, along with taking trains without any particular destination in mind.