K was supposed to come with the key, I was

K was supposed to come with the key, I was

to wait outside the gate. I arrived on time,

the time we had agreed on and waited, as agreed,

outside the gate. I waited a long time, waited

and waited, waited a very long time. I stood

next to the security guard from Securitas, who also

stood outside the gate. I waited, the security guard

from Securitas just stood there, he wasn’t waiting,

it was his job to stand there, he didn’t take

any breaks, he just stood there, keeping an eye

on what he was supposed to keep an eye on. K

didn’t show up. I waited. When the security guard

from Securitas finished his shift I went home

with him, sat down across from him at the kitchen

table, ate spicy meatballs on rice, summer cabbage

followed by green tea and mango from Brazil.

In the night he laid his human hand between

my shoulder blades before we both stumbled

across the threshold into a brand new now.


Bibliographical info

Ulrikka S. Gernes, “K was supposed to come with the key, I was” from translation of: Flosset opus for strygere & bla!sere. English: Frayed opus for strings & wind instruments Copyright © 2015 by Ulrikka S. Gemes; translated into English from the Danish by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

Source: Frayed opus for strings & wind instruments (Brick Books, 2015)

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