Friday, August 6, 2010

Sean McGurn's 5 Words

defenestrate, obfuscate, eyeball, amplifier, steak



It started with a steak.

A big raw pink steak, bare

of seasoning, sitting

on the chipped plate,

waiting

while they fought.


Having grown uneasy with the silence

they begin throwing daggers

at each other. Dull daggers

over not picking up her shoes,

over his empty beer bottles,

over their bills and cigarettes.


It started with which seasoning

to flavor the steak

and they thought “I love you anyway”

was the end of it.


Then the pan was hot.


He slid the meat into the heat

and the sizzling and popping

filled the kitchen.

She leaned against his back,

kissing his neck, softly.


Moving past the fight

moved them to the bedroom.

Their hot and steady

breath replaced the popping

and sizzle sounds.


Smoke seeped through the hallway,

into the room

up their noses

down their throats

and into their eyeballs.

Obfuscating their perceptions.


Naked, they run through the house.


The stove engulfs in fire.

Spreads quickly to the counters,

the fridge

the floor.

The bookshelf spits

a blaze of blue and red and orange.

The couch becomes an inferno.


They throw everything left out the window:

the dog

the guitar

the amplifier

the table

the chairs

the box of love letters.


The sirens echo through the streets.


They stand holding each other.

“I will throw you out the window,”

he says then kisses her.

Together, they look down

at the pile of their life.

She climbs onto the sill,

grabs his hand.

Becoming the definition of defenestrate,

they fly

with flames at their backs.

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