Jejudo, South Korea
We were supposed to go out last night,
She wanted octopus in a pepper sauce,
But out at the bus stop she changed her mind.
We almost ordered take out Chinese,
I wanted the prawns in spicy, garlic sauce,
But she walked away, "Not enough money, today."
Staring at the floor, tears on the inside
Of glasses poised to fall off the bed,
She said nothing to whatever I said.
Outside, I smoked a cigarette confused
Because my wallet was full and I was not,
"Honey, what do you want if I cook tonight?"
I made a mushroom omelet with rice,
Peppers, garlic, and tabasco for some spice.
She returned, I offered, she declined, I offered.
She watched the television in Korean,
Glanced at me, my meal, the book by Fish,
She smiled and struggled closer to me.
She took my hand to touch her belly,
"Watching you eat makes Lynne a little hungry,"
And I rose to make dinner again.
[This message has been edited by Brad (edited 02-11-2001).]