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a gentle loneliness

by Lauren Singer

we sat on the floor
going through catalogs
of expensive birthday cakes
and studded tiaras for sweet sixteens.
you were rolling a joint, balancing
a thick book on your knees and we were laughing
about this one cake with a french maid carved into the top,
her bosom a heave of icing, like a sweet-toothed fantasy.
nothing about you was rehearsed and i liked that.
everyone else had gone to bed, we laughed so loud
someone banged something heavy on the floor above to quiet us.
the kid who brought the garbage bag full of baguettes
left two loaves on the table, we broke into them
stale and consumed by holes torn with drunken hands--
wine-soaked and slippery.
you lit up the little spliff and passed it to me,
we could hear the lovers in the next room over
and it was a sad sort of comfort that made you scoot next to me,
resting your head on mine in a lonely tilt
and said nothing for a long time.
you covered us with the quilt and laid me down with you.
you put me to sleep, running your fingers the length of my neck
to the top of my shoulders
and in the morning, when i woke with your body
so fiercely wound around my own--
for the first time in a while--
i found nothing to regret.


Posted on 02/17/2008
Copyright © 2023 Lauren Singer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 02/17/08 at 08:35 PM

Regrets are for those that weren't there! We all need to release the passion sometime. Nice write.

Posted by David Garner on 02/19/08 at 08:45 PM

this poem is so strong, so detailed, so sweet, so descriptive, so beautiful it kills me. I just really love the cinematic scope to this perfect scene. Vulnerable, honest, romantic.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 02/20/08 at 05:35 AM

this is a beautiful piece, of just a moment unfurling - ador it!

Posted by Christina Bruno on 02/20/08 at 05:35 AM

adore* haha

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 03/03/08 at 05:17 AM

A flash of tenderness and vulnerabality which i always look for in your poems....Glad i didn't have far to delve this time, Lauren

Posted by Steve Baba on 09/28/08 at 09:53 AM

Excellent poem! Great work. Enjoyed reading this...

Posted by Sam Roberts on 02/02/14 at 11:23 AM

ahhh I love this, its beautiful and I can completely relate it to my own experiences right now. x

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