the other room

there is always somebody in the other room
listening beyond the wall.

there is always somebody in the other room
who is wondering what you are doing
in another room without them.

there is always somebody in the other room
who thinks you feel better without them,
who thinks you are thinking about somebody
else or
who thinks you don’t care for anybody
except yourself in the other room.

there is always somebody in the other room
who no longer thinks about you
like they used to.

there is always somebody in the other room
who is giving you up piece by piece.

there is always somebody in the other room
who is disgusted when you drop something
on the floor, or
who is displeased when you cough.

there is always somebody in the other room
reading a book.

there is always somebody in the other room
talking on the telephone.

there is always somebody in the other room
and you don’t know quite who it is
and you are surprised when they make a sound
or go down the hall to the bathroom.

but there isn’t always somebody in the other
room.
sometimes there isn’t anybody in the other
room.