And You Thought You Were the Only One
Someone waits at my door. Because he is dead he has time but I have my secrets-- this is what separates us from the dead. See, I could order take-out or climb down the fire escape, so it's not as though he is keeping me from anything I need. While this may sound like something I made up, it is not; I have forgotten how to lie, despite all my capable teachers. Lies are, in this way, I think, like music and all is the same without them as with. The fluid sky retains regret, then bursts. He is still there, standing in the hall, insisting he is someone I once knew and wanted, come laden with gifts he cannot return. If I open the door he'll flash and fade like heat lightning behind a bank of clouds one summer night at the edge of the world.
From Sky Lounge by Mark Bibbins, published by Graywolf Press, May 2003. Copyright © 2003 by Mark Bibbins. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press. All rights reserved.