August Romula

August Romula, the female

for Romulus he said

although he is not

transgender he said

as though I was

wondering he

called today.

Got my number

from Laura V. I don’t

know her. Who

is Laura V? I didn’t

want to ask him either.

He wanted

to talk about his

Lyme Disease. I can

listen to anything

as long as there aren’t

facts involved.

He said one

of his symptoms

how fixated

he becomes

on particular phrases.

For example, he was

shopping last Wednesday

he saw a sign: Nine

for ninety nine cents.

He said Nine

for ninety nine dollars

would be no better.

Words circulate

in his brain, and

that’s because

he can’t get them out.

Lyme disease

is his diagnosis. Also

Laura V’s.Let’s

meet for a drink

he said. Even

Coffee OK. Not tea.

He doesn’t like tea.

He said he prefers

one glass or two of

red wine. Cabernet

his first choice.

He gave me three

telephone numbers

where I can reach him

when I decide

I’m ready for

My free drink

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. “I can listen to anything as long as there aren’t facts involved” Yes! that’s exactly how I feel and you finally put words to it for me! I think these people find their way to you like amnesiacs in search of their names, somehow knowing you’ll write one for them.

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