The Jerk

Hey you, dragging the halo –
how about a holiday in the islands of grief?

Tongue is the word I wish to have with you.
Your eyes are so blue they leak.

Your legs are longer than a prisoner’s
last night on death row.

You’re a dirty little windshield.

I’m standing behind you on the subway,
hard as calculus. My breath
sticks to your neck like graffiti.

I’m sitting opposite you in the bar, waiting
for you to uncross your boundaries.

I want to rip off your logic
and make passionate sense to you.

I want to ride in the swing of your hips.

My fingers will dig into you like quotation marks,
blazing your limbs into parts of speech.

But with me for a lover, you won’t need
catastrophes. What attracted me in the first place
will ultimately make me resent you.

I’ll start telling you lies, and my lies will sparkle,
become the bad stars you chart your life by.

I’ll stare at women so blatantly
you’ll hear my eyes peeling,

because sex with you is like Great Britain:
cold, groggy and a little uptight.

Your bed is a big, soft calculator
where my problems multiply.

Your brain is a garage
I park my bullshit in, for free.

You’re not really my new girlfriend.
just another flop sequel of the first one,
who was based on the true story of my mother.

You’re so ugly I forgot how to spell!

I’ll cheat on you like a ninth grade math test.
Break your heart just for the sound it makes.

You’re the this we need to put an end to.

The more you apologize, the less I forgive you.

So how about it?

– Jeffrey McDaniel

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About handshedown

Keighley Perkins is a Cardiff-based poet whose influences include Anis Mojgani, Selima Hill and Richard Brautigan. Her work has previously been published in "Acumen", "Elbow Room", "Erbacce", "Fire", "Northwind" and "Obsessed with Pipework". She can also be found online on Twitter at @handshedown. View all posts by handshedown

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