Listen, don't mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.

every time
i think about you
in bed
with me
the sheets are always
always
incredibly white
and smell like
they were dried
on a clothesline
on that first
warm spring day
the real one
not the fake out
that comes
a week before
snow returns
and if i was
thinking about it
now
we’re watching
fawlty towers
and you’re loving it
the show
somewhat
and how much
i adore it
’cause i don’t
laugh out loud
a lot
usually
when
the disc ends
you give me
the look
and i know
what you want
what you need
right
now
you need
me
to
read to you
i ask what
book
story
poem
haaaaaiku
you shrug
ack
have i told you
lately
that i love
your shoulders
you shrug
again
and a tank top strap
falls down
as if on cue
did you write
anything today
you ask
as you open
your eyes
hopefully
causing cute
wrinkling on your
lovely forehead
a point that
could lead you to
beat me
if i mention it
and i reply
i wrote a
word doodle dealie
about this girl
and she is
prrrrretty
how pretty
you snuggleask
oh very pretty
i say
while nodding
tell me about her
please
you request
in a voice
that could
talk me out
of a lifeboat
i grab
my notebook
flip to the page
and start reading
using my nightvoice
no
better
using my youvoice
i read
and you bite
a little
on your bottom lip
i read
and you smush
your face
against my chest
i change the
penultimate line
on the fly
and make it so much
better
and you
are quiet
when i stop
and i wonder
if it landed
and you kiss my chest
read it again
and
ok
fine
i may be
thinking
a little
about it now
and you
always you

9 thoughts on “Listen, don't mention the war! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it all right.

  1. Dude. I love Fawlty Towers and every other UK comedy from that era.

    Are you being served?
    Black Adder.
    Keeping Up With Appearances.
    Father Ted.

    YES PLEASE TO ALL.

  2. That is so weird. Was actually on the phone last night chatting about Fawlty Towers. I’ve never watched it before, so my friend has promised to make me a copy.

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