(Based on George Tooker’s Government Bureau.)
the shuffling and
a motorcade of incandescent
dial tones. anonymous spheres of shifting.
brutal nothing in beige and something sordid.
trails of loafers. boots side-eyeing the coat hem
of the woman’s pink wool jacket
my wife has from ann taylor loft.
her hair is covered by poppy red cloth. i
think her to be a brunette underneath the
waiting. fogged glass encasing sullen eyes
that will not receive rest tonight as i ruminate
how easily i take in her name face date-of-birth
and how easily i forget it.
Madeline Langan is an artist, writer, and architecture student pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute with a minor in Literature and Writing. Her work is forthcoming in the Ghost City Review, Westchester Review, Vagabond City, and elsewhere. She can also be found modeling tiny houses, watering her plants, and on: madelinelangan.cargo.site.