by Janet Dale
Not minding the stares or
smudges, she’s going to fill a notebook with your name, written with
twelve different pens. The black ink will swirl up to create your ‘A’
and trail back down moving into your ‘L’. She will write until her left
hand performs the same sequence of letters perfectly – next she’s going
to repeat the cycle in a different notebook with twelve more pens, but
with her right hand instead. Suddenly she will stop and consider placing
your last name behind her first. But her eyes will pop open as she
remembers -- I don’t believe in things like love or marriage. Still every time she writes your name, she hopes you think of her just the same.
Janet Dale holds a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Memphis.