by Lee Gurga and Michael Dylan Welch


First published in Woodnotes #31, Autumn 1997, page 56. Written on 24 June 1995 in San Francisco, California.



new roommates—

on the second day we stop

wearing our robes                                                           Lee


        my towel neatly hung

        his towel on the floor                                             Michael


first light . . .

his steady breathing

under the only blanket                                                  Lee


I hit the snooze button

he goes on telling me

why I should floss                                                            Michael


        making an excuse to leave

        when his girlfriend comes                                    Lee


late into the night

the conversation on philosophy

uh . . . huh                                                                           Michael