Engaged Couple Goes to the Movies [poem] by Bryan Borland

You suggested we share
a large soda between us. I said
I’d rather have my own.

You offered me a handful
of warm, fresh popcorn. I warned you
the butter would stain my shirt.

You cried when the girl
ended up with the guy. I laughed
and commented on improbability.

You didn’t say a word
and slept on the couch. I stared
at the ceiling with icicle feet.


Image of 1930s Switchboard Operator
refers to the phrase “You offered me a handful of warm, fresh popcorn” from Jenny Billing’s poem Love at the Movies


Bryan Borland is a multi-time Pushcart-nominated poet and the owner of Sibling Rivalry Press, a small publishing house based in Arkansas. He is also the editor of Assaracus, the only print journal in the world to focus exclusively on gay poetry. His first book, My Life as Adam, chronicled his journey to self-acceptance. 2011 will bring The Hanky Code (Lethe Press), which was co-written with Stephen S. Mills. Visit him at http://www.bryanborland.com and don’t forget to check out http://www.siblingrivalrypress.com

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