Other Couples
Adam Deutsch
My mistake is cupping the casings up,
celebrating the art of creation
that happens in the space of the worm, 
where I see a joy,
but don't know how to help,
in the open air alone.

I try not to think about it
with other couples who I know
don't think about it. We split
appetizers, and try the craft
cocktails, and drop our cards.

My next mornings are simple:
the tune of the soil, and rubbing
through what was house food. 
The physicality of this
is our common language.

I want quiet to hear it, and am wrong
because I've tuned the people mute
when I should invite our hands to join. 
Adam Deutsch lives in San Diego, teaches college composition and writing, and has work recently or forthcoming in Arsenic Lobster, Thrush, Spinning Jenny, and Mojave River Review. He is the publisher at Cooper Dillon Books, and has a chapbook from H_NGM_N Books called Carry On.

more by Adam Deutsch:
Vitamin D
The Fold