(A found poem)
I’m in the zone, let me be
I prefer non-denominational
I’m well-travelled and well-educated
no one wants to know anything about you
it was totally reasonable to tell us to be quiet
and then it got really awkward
she’s really New York
I didn’t realize she had broken
up with her boyfriend
mozzarella – that’s so Italian
she broke up with him over text
after two and a half years
it’s like the Mason situation
every time she has sex she goes to confession
and thinks it erases it like whatever
my dad was forced to go to church
there are Pinocchios here
I should have told him about the bargaining
hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
everything alright here?
oh what service!
what was the other thing he gave you?
red wine yes
I have a table over there right?
the toilets are in the back on the left
fantastic thank you
Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian residing in Texas. His books include Preparations for Departure, Distance, Cult, Suburban Exile and Symptoms of Homesickness. His poetry has appeared in publications from twelve countries, including Antipodes, Cordite, Headstuff, Mascara, Skylight 47, Snorkel, Verity La and The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2017.