Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires
Okay, smart guy, what if the infant grows up to be Harvey Weinstein?
Desiring this girl’s art, and that girl’s scope. But the café sound system couldn’t be blunter:
Don’t get any big ideas / They’re not going to happen / You’ll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking
The other night I had my first encounter with some guy trying to pick me up off the street. It was confusing because at first, based off past experience, I thought he was asking me for money. It was only the immediacy of his questions—what are you doing right now? what are you up to right now?—that finally clued me into what he was after, his story about moving here from Indiana, home of Michael Jackson, you know Indiana?
What I was doing, I said (going at a clip up the sidewalk, him tailing after), was meeting someone. I’m going to get in a car. Which was true—J. was around the corner. So maybe give me your number, he said, and we could go to the movies?
I’ve never known what to say about the movies. Maybe some other time?
He stopped following. After my back he called: you know I’ll never see you again!
And J. was in the car around in the corner, headlights on.
Auden's lullaby has been killing me this week, in a different way than it used to. Age is part of it, the time and fevers that burn away beauty. But also the nocturne as oasis; outside the room all is not well. “Nights of insult let you pass / Watched by every human love.”