Two Comets by John Grochalski

remember when it was so easy?
friday nights of youth
attacking each other when we got home from work
missing dinner, missing movies
sundays spent lazily nude
under sheets with red wine and music
caught in the afterglow
as neighborhoods shook with the sound
of football games on wide screen tvs
but now there are the careers of comfort
we’re too scared to lose
and punishing writing schedules
before the crack of dawn
gray hairs and sore limbs
and exercise regiments to keep us
looking half-way decent
for all of the sex we’re not having
cancer medications that kill the will
and being passed out on the couch by nine-thirty
so it should be the bane of all existence
to find ourselves stripped bare and at the ready
right at the moment that two old men
begin a shouting conversation
right outside our bedroom window
and we can’t escape them no matter the room
that we prattle into naked
closing windows just amplifies their sound
their high and whiney voices
some cosmic comedy plot thrown upon our magic moment
we have no choice but to laugh
look at our scattered clothing
and think maybe another time for us
but then you kiss me long and hard
whisper, go turn up the radio and i’ll get a fan
and soon there is enough white noise in the room
to render the two old coots outside almost mute
then it’s just us
those same two kids going down that battered road together
the one we’ve christened this life
colliding like two comets in the center of the room
wrestling toward their burning deaths
conjoining into a fiery ball of lust and love
right there on the living room couch.


John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), Starting with the Last Name Grochalski (Coleridge Street Books, 2014), and the novel, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press 2013). Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, in the section that doesn’t have the bike sharing program.


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