DAYS WITH THE DARK KNIGHT
Elisa Gabbert & Kathleen Rooney
I was sick of the outskirts, where girls have
to wear skirts. Just like you said, it's a whole
different town downtown. When we took our
contacts out & started reading Watership Down
aloud together, I forgot all about the revolution.
It was quite a revelation: prescription
shades make it possible to wear glasses
& be cool. This is where we go to eat with 24-
hour party people. The name of the diner? 24-
Hour Twilight Zone. The staff? Zombies: bony,
stoned. It reminded me of a B horror movie.
Bring either a skeleton or a skeleton key—secret
directions in the "Missed Connections" section.
I checked my voicemail, while you were recopying
the menu in Sanskrit, hieroglyphics, or possibly
wingdings. We nibbled at a little bit of breakfast.
Our own tiny kingdom of love? No. Something
less soulful, like a booth at McDonald's, though
you seemed impervious, eyes locked on my shirt,
wondering, Leporidae: family of leopards, or
variety of rabbit. I wanted adventures in
wonderland, not misadventures in narcolepsyville;
wake up, sleepyhead—I don't want to yell.
Your uncle wrote a book on the details of hell.
Your father had a bridge play named after him
& bridge is full of directions: N S E & W—
I'm afraid of where you might take me.
I'm afraid of birds & bees. A busy schedule
trumps anxiety, & if I had one, I'd tattoo it on
my right arm. If I signed this hole in the ground
instead of your dotted line, what could
be the harm? To do more good than harm's
always been my goal. You blamed it on
the rainy season, but there's a reason I felt
suspicious before moving. The name of the
complex is Lostmore Apartments. When I lost
my sense of temporality, I was at a loss
as to how to make even temporary sense
of the senseless & starry wide-world. They
shut off the heat & somehow it was colder
inside, so we slept in our car last night.
Sucked so hard. But we got the docs.
The last one said: the only way to get rid
of your soul is to sell it & if this means
walking into the hands of the devil so be it.