first published in a rendition of the International Poetry Anthology China
champs diner, 8:30 pm, december 18
we sit munching in our plump leather seats
a sliver of translucent onion between your teeth
i reach to pick it out
you literally just came inside me
is that where you draw the line?
i go back to
my patty melt, not really,
remnants of lust where longing should be
is it snowing out?
i don’t know. fuck, i didn’t close your window, did i?
doesn’t matter – it won’t get in anyway
i reach out to my pocket to save your number
will this be temporary? in the future
i’ll envision the sight of checkered tiles before your presence and your
mouth gaping over that chicken – chick’n – parm
this is the best meal i’ve had in years
you want to order the cinnamon swirl pancakes
i hesitate, but
i put my phone back in my pocket
Patricia Kusumaningtyas (they/she) is an Indonesian playwright, poet, and tech worker based in Brooklyn, New York. Their play "Some Things Last a Long Time" received a developmental staged reading at the Drama League in New York, and their short play "Al Pacino Eyes" received its Off-Broadway premiere at the 2022 Players Theatre Short Play Festival.