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September 26, 2013 | Poetry

Be a 22 Year Old American Boy

Atticus Davis

Be a 22 Year Old American Boy photo

.I

Be a 22 year old American boy—get really drunk and embarrass yourself in front of the beautiful, freckled, 29 year old Italian Volcanologist that invited you to drinks with her 31 year old Israeli Biochemist girlfriend who, for some reason, you decide to tell you're 'really attracted' to while the Italian's away, when really the Volcanologist has all the personality.

Try to calm down by chain smoking three hand rolled cigarettes (you’ve never had a cigarette in your life), then end up talking about marriage, college, and being Matt Damon in Goodwill Hunting.  

Ask if you can sleep on the floor, realize there is no floor to sleep on.

Get a haircut and gym pass the next day to represent an attempt at new starts.

 

.II

it would sound more honest

forced

and staggering out of my mouth

like a girl late to bed

 

a stark contrast

to it

keeps waddling

into frame

 

falling out

of my

vision

 

swaying—

 

drunken

to a cage-link door,

 

effortlessness notices

 

no one else does.

 

.III

You idiot—

scared her away.

image: Aaron Burch


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