love, bruxism, a basement Iíve been making good use of my masseter muscles in a room that was built for you. Youíre not here but I think I wish you were. The battery is dead in that clock you hated. Once indifferent, now Iím lonely without its tick. I went out into the cold to cry tonight but couldnít. The stars were bright and mocking me for thinking that Iím anything consequential at all. The dog whined and stood with one paw lifted from the snow, an idiot flamingo on the lawn of my childhood home. I think about seeing you soon and a kind woman telling us what to do. Weíll spend fifty-five minutes and two hundred dollars to learn if love is enough. I killed a spider in the shower yesterday and felt brave for two seconds. I paused before I washed him down the drain. Maybe staying together is actually the most courageous choice we could make.
© Glennys Egan