Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk – Raye Hendrix


During sex I tell my lover:

I’m so glad we’re both alive


when we are. She believes

this is romantic but what


I mean is: this morning I read

an essay on climate change


and the research says

we’ll likely die before


the earth does. This is how

I’m told it’s meant to be:


love a misunderstanding

we both agree to; a wishbone


gripped in the other’s fist

primed to break—and when


it does I pray I have the larger

piece so I can tell my lover:


you take it. Keep whatever

            luck it brings and what


I will mean is: I’m happy

to be small if it’s for you.