A poem a day in April from Rutgers English PhD students and friends.

Friday, April 23, 2010

$1 present

I said I wasn't coming home and you said
"I bought you a 1 N present." The N
was because it was a text message;
you had tried to make a $. You thought
it said yen. I want a one-yen present, I thought,
and took a two-dollar shot at the bar
and after that I forgot
about dollars and yen.

Then this morning, my key faltering
in the lock and me falling forward
into a bright close room I saw
the price tag--you were right, it was precisely
one dollar. A one-yen present
might have been worse, but everywhere
I found your little presents and I had a yen
for each of them.

1 comment:

  1. This is to make up for not writing a poem on Thursday!