A Good Relationship, James Croal Jackson

Mark Terry, “Wood-fired bottle,” 8 x 3 x 3, wood-fired stoneware, Noble Hill Anagama

 

 

A GOOD RELATIONSHIP

 

Every day my girlfriend asks
if I can swim. I ask
do I smell like onions?
She says yes
you smell like you.

I want to be the garden.
She says she wants
to eat me, to push me
overboard. No, I say
and she laughs.

I tell her my new recipe,
dill and onion mac and cheese.
After eating, she says
it tastes like everything else
you’ve made.

The garbage disposal
won’t work again.

Our mouths full
of makeshift we have
no place to
spit.

______________________
James Croal Jackson

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