She works in office 93,
A third floor view of a parking lot and a tree.
It is nice enough. At least she can see something.
A cold cup of tea upon her desk
A telephone and a computer
Stare her in the eyes
And ask her, ‘what is the point of all this?’
He left her last week, emailed her a note,
‘Get checked,’ it read, ‘I may have given you…’
‘I got it on the night I didn’t come home.’
She thought about the email and sighed.
Now she looked at the cold cup of tea
And dreaded having to get another
She didn’t want to have to talk to anyone.
The street at five was terrible and cold
The clouds hung on the tops of the buildings
And the advertising signs glowed redder than hell.
She let herself into her small cheap room
with no space for a proper kitchen
The bedroom just off the hall.
She puts on some music and cooks some food, enough for two.
At six a knock at the door
And she lets him in; she hasn’t seen him in years.
He was handsome when she knew him in high school
But now he’s turning fat
And his eyes are watery and always red
But she is glad to have company.
They ate in the cold room,
He looked from her hair to her breast.
She watched the clock near the door.
They sat on the bed and turned on the television
And soon he made his move.
She let him go, and he went all the way.
She was awake when he left, but she gave no sign.
He didn’t lock the door.
She turned to the window and looked at the darkness
A glow came from the city ten miles east.
Outside the street lamps glowed,
The man, his clothes wrinkled, his long hair over his ear
Tried to keep out of the puddles.