February Fifth

by Gary Percesepe

for charbe, on her birthday 


Much later, 
we'll check this date for fleas 
the way police dust a 
cash register. 
We've worked silence over 
like pros, our best work together. 
I've done some checking 
on your horoscope and see that you're Aquarius, too. 
No matter, the future promises to 
be good to us, self-medicated as we are. 
And right here it says, "All of this is 
coming your way." 
See that frozen piano? 
It's grinning too. 
Loosen up, dry your hair, 
you can sleep under my bed another year.