Our Life Together

I would like to be next to an ampersand
next to you
on monogrammed throw pillows
scattered throughout a suburban
rent-to-own two-story home
so that something of us is permanent.

That way,
when we split up,
I can take these love souvenirs
like papercuts
with me in handle-with-care boxes
to a studio apartment in the city
and let them gather dust.

When I tire of nostalgia,
I will drop them off in garbage bags
at Goodwill for some teenage punk
to buy as a gag gift
for some girl.

Reed Redmond’s work has appeared most recently in BROAD magazine and on the University of the Basque Country’s website after receiving first prize in their annual international writing competition. A Minnesota native, he currently resides in Chicago.

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