K was supposed to come with the key, I was
to wait outside the gate. I arrived on time,
the time we had agreed on and waited, as agreed,
outside the gate. I waited a long time, waited
and waited, waited a very long time. I stood
next to the security guard from Securitas, who also
stood outside the gate. I waited, the security guard
from Securitas just stood there, he wasn’t waiting,
it was his job to stand there, he didn’t take
any breaks, he just stood there, keeping an eye
on what he was supposed to keep an eye on. K
didn’t show up. I waited. When the security guard
from Securitas finished his shift I went home
with him, sat down across from him at the kitchen
table, ate spicy meatballs on rice, summer cabbage
followed by green tea and mango from Brazil.
In the night he laid his human hand between
my shoulder blades before we both stumbled
across the threshold into a brand new now.
Ulrikka S. Gernes, “K was supposed to come with the key, I was” from translation of: Flosset opus for strygere & bla!sere. English: Frayed opus for strings & wind instruments Copyright © 2015 by Ulrikka S. Gemes; translated into English from the Danish by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen. Reprinted by permission of publisher.
Source: Frayed opus for strings & wind instruments (Brick Books, 2015)