The Downside of My Insistence on Dining Out While in a State of Emotional Volatility

I take the first bus
that stopped for me,
purposefully traversing
state highways
and two lane drives,
and when I alight
I am unsure of my
decision to go out
in the first place,
but aimless travel
passes time between
your emails. At lunch
in a strip mall Japanese
diner, I pick at grilled
chicken, shrimp and a side
of empty. Next to me,
a stout stocking-capped
man slurps down miso
soup and I stretch
out the letters. Miso soup.
Mi so soup. Miss so soup.
Miss you soup. I wipe fresh
tears away with a napkin
and he leaves the restaurant
without noticing.

Josette Torres received her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech. She also holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Purdue University. Her work has previously appeared in Star 82 Review, The New Verse News, Palaver, Eunoia Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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1 Response to The Downside of My Insistence on Dining Out While in a State of Emotional Volatility

  1. Great poem- as a reader the sadness, remorse and loneliness start in the first line. Cheryl Marita

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