commentary | poetry | fiction | chicago | spring 2008  
Single Life #1: The Sentimental  | Amy Groshek

She worries about her job enough 
and the thoughts of sex 
go away. 
A part of her knows 
this is cheating. 
You can probably guess which part. 
She falls asleep 
with the cat in her arms. 
She gets up in the morning 
and dresses and eats. 
There’s nothing missing from her apartment— 
nothing at all. 
That’s what hurts, that life 
could care less, 
that there’s no misplaced shoe or glasses case 
marked “love.” 
Not a climbing path through pleasure and pain 
but a brown tub of plaster. 
You put your handprint 
on the surface 
and it sets. 

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