Florida Notes, 1994
by Leslie Richardson

They have a thing together, which I can’t understand. The married people.

Hardly polite, not talking, but sleeping, down like lonely dogs, beside each other.

I watch John Hill get up from his chair on the beach and lie down beside Alma. Both are darkly tanned.

Arnold wants to be married like his friends. He thinks it is time. He thinks I am the one to fit into his plans.

He says I’m too earnest, writing notes in the margins of books, in the sand.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leslie Richardson’s most notable publications are poems in The Paris Review and JAMA. She has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from The University of Houston.