A tall skinny man with long brown hair and a big, wide, cheesy, affected smile, wearing a heavy sweatshirt with a big red C on it, is standing on the dock of a large ship. I approach him and say, “What I find interesting about near-death experiences is that people experience a sense of unconditional love and acceptance. I really need that.” Still smiling his big wide smile, he holds his arms out wide and hugs me, then whispers in my ear: “I hate you.” With infinitely self-perpetuating wire cutters, I achieve everything I’ve ever wanted, and suddenly I’m happy, although I wonder if it’s valid.
This is a reprint of work originally published in Uut Poetry.
Catherine B. Krause is a queer, disabled, and polyamorous transgender lunatic living in Niagara Falls, NY. Her poetry appeared in Eunoia Review in 2014 and has also appeared in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, The Opiate, and The Lake, among other places.