Adrienne Christian is the author of two poetry collections — 12023 Woodmont Avenue (Willow Lit, 2013) and A Proper Lover (Main Street Rag, 2017). She is the editorial assistant at Prairie Schooner literary journal. She teaches Creative Writing and Women’s Literature at The University of Nebraska.
On the New Guy in the Office Next to Mine
I could say Hey
To the reading this Thursday?
I’ll come if you come.
Or I could get dressed up
With an impossible-to-reach back zipper,
And pretty-plead for some assistance.
I could wait for the rainy season.
Then be always ready to leave
when he’s always ready to leave
And offer to give him a ride.
Or I could offer him my
perfumed wrists and ask please
For some bracelet latch
And then, one day, I could not knock.
Just sit and sip my tea, and read
But I’d have strategically placed my necklace
On my desk
Having it serve as a
He’d walk by and say
Don’t you need my help today?
Your help?? I’d say.
With your necklace, he’d point.
Need help putting it on?
Oh that!! Well, that’s called a
Choker. But, sure, you can do that.
Please and thank you.