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Late for the Sky
9

"Goddamn that asshole," Eva says entering my room.
 1
"What'd he do now?" I ask.
 2
"Caught the bastard cheating on me...again."
 3
She sits on the bed next to me and holds her head in her hands.
 4
I don't know what to say to her.
 5
"What the hell are you listening to?" she asks looking up.
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"Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce."
 7
"What? Why?"
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"Lately I've been listening to 70's soft rock."
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"Oh God, no. This is thrift store music. Are you okay?"
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"Not really."
 11
 
 
Eva doesn't tolerate sentimentality when it comes to music.
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I, on the other hand, will listen to anything that moves me -
 13
so I get lectured to quite a bit.
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"You poor bastard," she says.
 15
"What happened to Zeppelin and Sabbath,
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haulin' ass and raisin' hell across half the state?"
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"I guess I'd rather hear something that feels like I do these days."
 18
 
 
The sun is blazing through the blinds
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painting orange streaks on a Taxi Driver movie poster.
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Late for the Sky by Jackson Browne comes on.
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"This is a good one," I say.
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Eva sighs with disapproval and rests her head against mine.
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"Goddamn you, I haven't cried in years
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and I'm sure as shit not about to start now," she declares.
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After a while she begins to shake. I put my arm around her.
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She is weeping and I hold her and take in her pain
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until her waters are still
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and her skies clear.
 29
 
 
"See why I hate this shit?" she says,
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wiping the tears away and punching me in the arm.
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"Yes. See why I like it?" I respond.
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16 Dec 13

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L13 needs a "to"

I LOVE THIS. i don't even need to tell you what i like about it either.
one of the best.
 — mandolyn

(except i'm not a fan of a few of those cuss words, but... the poem is still great)
 — mandolyn

Yeah, she has a potty mouth.
Thank you for reading mandolyn.
You are always encouraging.
 — 9

Look, who's talking 9. You've gone crazy dude. Public sentiment all yours.
 — unknown

Oh you mean I have a potty mouth too?
Yes I do :)  I've gone crazy? Yes you're right :(
But hopefully I don't have a potty heart.
 — 9

awww what a disgustingly sweet little story :)

you do write well, remind me of someone, or you're just good.
 — jenakajoffer

Who do I remind you of?

Yes, I live for the disgustingly sweet.

<3 to you.
 — 9

Another great piece. I love "I guess I'd rather hear something that feels like I do."I am a giant fan of the repeat button when I'm in on of my moods. There's a song by a Swedish group- Tiamat called "Best Friend Money Can Buy" that I will play for hours when the women aren't around, and the loneliness is heavy on the shoulders.
 — dannyprice

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