To look dully. To look dully as you swallow your coffee. To look dully as you swallow coffee at an outside cafe table. To look dully at the woman in the table at the corner. To look dully at her as she sips coffee. To suck dully your coffee as you look at the woman in the corner sipping her coffee. To look at her dress. To look at her green dress, dully. To look at the hem of the green dress on the woman in the corner, the dirtied hem by way of the street.
Her dirtied hem.
Dully, quick at the neckline. To look dully at the neckline of her green dress. To look at the grimed neckline of the woman in the corner. To look dully at the grimed neckline. To perceive her grimy neck.
To look dully at your cake. To look down at my cake, finally arrived. To touch dully my cake, frozen how I like it. To look dully at the waiter. I like my cake frozen, and fuddle my coffee. My coffee tepid and my cake frozen. To look dully at the waiter to send him away. To look dully at his coat tails. Look at the back of his black pants, dully. As he walks away. To look dully at his back as he walks away. To touch dully my frozen cake.
To look at the woman in the green dress in the corner sipping her coffee. To perceive dully her hair twisted about her shoulders. Her tangled hair, tangled over the green shoulder pads. To watch dully her hair tangling about her grimed neck as she bends down to suck her coffee.
To touch my cake and look dully back at the woman sipping her coffee in a green dress. To break the frozen cake and while looking put it in. To put in the cake and swallow it frozen. She perceives me. I look back at her, dully, while I consume the lump of cake.
She gives a start, perceiving me. I gnaw the lump, regarding her dully. To look dully at the woman in the corner staring at you. To watch her grimed neck while she perceives you, eating your frozen treat.
EMILY ABRONS is a writer from New York living in Los Angeles. She has an MFA in Fiction from Brown University. Her work has recently been published in Per Second Press and alice blue review.