tourist (n).


To tell you the truth
I didn't expect to hold
all of this from you,
it just stayed on the shelf
when you asked to see my apartment - 
we walked right past it between
the part of the tour where I show you
the framed letter from my cousin and
the gold painted dinosaur on my dresser
(which has a perfectly phrased
 anecdotal story for another time). 

I wanted you to ask for
the stories that make me up
and the words that hold me in and
the dreams under which I take shelter
and here I am
telling you about this coffee table
I started planning on replacing
the minute I got it through the door.