The Largeness of Small Talk

I know
the uneven score
when she
tells me
she’s been everywhere
she can’t return to.

Funny title
she says of Naked Lunch
I’m rereading for
the 5th time
and she never.

The pretzels stale
as the air
but it’s her entangled
sentences free of meaning
that suffocate any chance.

“Whiskey makes me tired
but these drinks
are shit” she says
loud enough
as the bartender passes.

“Lets go somewhere else,”
I tell her
but she
shakes her head
“this is somewhere else,”
she says as her eyes
flash boredom has
reached close proximity
so I leave

With her faint
kiss for luck
I play my best game
of pool in months
while she drinks
on my tab.

Rp Verlaine

Rp Verlaine lives in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry, "Damaged by Dames & Drinking" was published in 2017 and another – "Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers" in 2018. A set of three e-booksbegan with the publication of Lies From The Autobiographyvol 1 in November of 2018. Vol 2 was published in 2019 and the third Volume in 2020. A new collection, Far TooClose and Further, will be published in 2021.