“What does a woman inherit— Sandra Cisneros
that tells her how
”I never did like fantasy.”— Rexanna Hamm
I daydream of Hydra.
When the Sunday paper arrives, I flip straight to the Travel section.
I’ve never read the Vows
& am only inclined to read Sunday Sports
when there’s a woman on the front page.
At brunch my girlfriends agonize over the ticking clock
& thirty-five years.
I dip my grilled cheese in my soup & stay silent.
It’s not because I’m not interested
It’s not because I’m not well-versed in the annoyance of indecision
& the precious art of timing
But I’m an expert in the practice of reactive states
& feel more at home listening than divulging.
My period comes due with the rent,
& I’m not a fan of a late payment.
My paycheck arrives by direct deposit.
Written September 2019. Updated with a few [minor] revisions.