ignition

Alyssa Cressotti

1

I see you watching. I’m trying to be subtle in my performance but we both know I’m a liar.

Well, shit. Say something.

 

2

I think about the girl you fucked down south on your grandmama’s couch. She’s married now. Not to you.

She thinks about it, too.

 

3

If I die, I want to haunt the streets I roamed as a kid, as a young lady, as a woman.

I want little girls to play Bloody Mary, but with hubcaps and coffee cups.

 

4

There was a lot of nervous energy that night. It’s what happens when grown people play kiddie games.

You want me to say, don’t you? Always.

 

5

I haven’t seen you in a few years, but the digital approximation of your face is enough to conjure you in dreams and in silent moments. During rides down long stretches of road.

 

6

We hurt each other. You more than me, but hurt just the same, nonetheless.

I warned you. I told you that if you kept talking, I might get used to hearing nice words from bad boys.

 

7

My heart is more than the stone of a fruit. More than the peach pit you whiled around, more than its clacking against your teeth.

More than the swipe of spit up the back of your forearm.

 

8

If you came back, I wouldn’t even know what to do with you.

What do I feed you? Do I need to take you for walks? Are you even crate-trained?

 

9

I dunno if you’ve noticed, but the world is ending.

Should we get coffee?

Alyssa Cressoti is a writer, editor, and media maker in New York City. With a cup of coffee and an eye-roll, Alyssa channels classic Bea Arthur (if Dorothy Zbornak spent her daylight hours cooing at baby animals being cute on the Internet). She wavers between fierce sarcasm and sweet, girlish charm; her nails will be painted, but she is not to be taken lightly. Additionally, she plays caregiver to one fat rabbit. Her published work includes profiles, reportage, feature stories, Q&As, book reviews, poetry, and fiction. 

 https://www.clippings.me/alyssacressotti

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