Ok, so we come from slightly different backgrounds

“I wanted to elope. I’m doing this for you, goddamnit.”

“Well I’m sorry that my family…really loves me alot and would probably love to see me get married.”

*intense stare*

*blush*

“Did you really just say that?”

*nervous laughter on both our parts*

“Yeah. Should I be sorry?”

“Well, it was a little insensitive. But its nice you want to give them a wedding. Ok, I’ll book the venue. You send out the invitations.”

“Are you sure? I don’t want you to feel horrible. If it’s really important to you, we can elope.”

*mumbling*

“What?”

“Ahem. I said ‘Nah. We’ll get through this.'”

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This American Life

He says, “I don’t want to live

a Brazilian life. I want an American life

like you. I want to get married when I’m 26

and have a baby at 30. That’s why I admire you

because you waited until you got your career straight.”

“Nah,” I sigh, “that’s exactly what I wanted, too”

He says, “Well, you still have time,” and then

after a pause, he asks, “Wait, how old are you?

 

Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave?

It’s not the first time a guy

has broken out into a patriotic song

after fucking me – but it is the first time

that song was American and i could sing along

 

I left South Korea for this act of banality

the crying in the bars at the television broadcast

the gestures of sports, which i still dont understand

but the privilege of being able to stop someone

in the street and perform a citizen’s arrest

the right to know what’s wrong and what isn’t

and at times such as this, to feel truly patriotic

in a land, which otherwise, is so disappointing

 

but it’s good to know you and for you to know me

it is an act of intimacy, otherwise i wouldn’t have just

finished coming- i had a dream that you were stationed

in South Korea and i was visiting. I had a warm honey tea

from the seven eleven and then i asked if we could leave

because that country was so alienating – i just want to be me

i am finished representing every single american each time i sing

 

Why did you chase the cat?

“Listen, where I’m from, stray animals

are fair game for pets just so long as

you can catch them and we all had the scars

to prove it but not all of us had the pets

My father was a legend

in his apartment complex for ingeniously

catching a kitten with Kentucky Fried Chicken

instead of milk, which is what all the other poor

lonely saps were trying. From then on, her name was Midnight.”

“Ok, well this isn’t the country.”

“Oh please, and the next thing you’ll be telling me

is to throw out all my garbage with the trash

instead of making barnfires

with the more flammable things.”

“Well, actually…”

“Whatever. Maybe you just don’t get it

or don’t deserve a good country girl like me

who knows a free pet when she sees it.”

“I grew up in the country!”

“Oh really? Did you have to draw your water

from the well and heat it up on the stove

making sure you saved some colder water

so it wouldn’t be scorching and then

filled up a camping bag and hung it up

in the peg in your shower just to get clean?”

“No.”

“Ok, then. So I guess some tolerance

is in order. And  by the way?

When I was growing up,

I didn’t get cell phone reception, either.

I had to walk uphill in the snow-”

“Both ways?”

“No, shut up, just one

to get internet to chat with my ex

and the tears would freeze to my face.

Do you know how old i was?”

“No.”

“I was sixteen. and do you know who

i was living with?”

“No.”

“Not my parents! And do you know what?”

“What?”

“I would’ve taken any pet I could catch.”

“Ok, you win. You got your rabies shot, now come to bed.”

“I’ll go to bed when I’m good and ready-”

“Please?”

“Yeah, ok.”

American Girls Aren’t Easy

I’m sorry that you saw
so many of our movies
about all the wet tee shirt contests
we have in college
and how crazy we go
so easily, for any man at all
and how we are just objects

I’m sorry I didn’t take
all my clothes off
the second we were alone
I’m sorry I’ve lowered
your expectations singlehandedly
of the blue eyed blonde haired
American girl

I hope you won’t do this again
to another girl like me
I hope you learn
how to fuck yourself
and quickly
because that is not
our responsibility