other’s feelings go out the window
lie like shoes in a box on a shelf
sit on the bed’s edge,
take up the whole bed.
no chair for the other
look in their eyes, see how they feel,
tell by how they sit,
their hands moving or still.
the window treetops thick and green.
other and I could look out at a river,
than both of us.
care about how you feel,
say to the wallpaper’s western motif:
steers and gather round a fire.
Peter Mladinic’s fourth book of poems, Knives on a
Table, is available from Better Than Starbucks Publications. An animal rights
advocate, he lives in Hobbs, NM.
paintings and collages have
appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including
the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery
on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in
a basement, and she was well received.