Nine and a half

See a girl vomiting into a sink
with her shoulder bared.
Having run to the telephone
and received no answer
she is caught like this
bent over and thinking

At the same moment
lovers around the world wake-up.
Wearing sweat-suits
they are staring at each other in silence.
A bag is packed.

One of the men who’s being left behind
tries to save himself
by allowing his whole life to tumble
as quickly through his lips as he’s able.

All manner of stories come out
some half-formed, others only irrelevancies
like laundry lists and good places to park
when on the Southside of Chicago.

This is everything he thinks, so little.