The Gift – A Dialogue


I have a little something for you.

Ooh, what is it?
My love.
Oh. You shouldn’t have.
It’s nothing much, but it’s from the heart.
I don’t know…
You don’t like the color.
I’m just not sure if it’s really me.
Well, try it on.
OK. There. Yeah, it’s a little big.
That’s OK, we can take it in.
It’s not just that. It’s not really my style.
Yeah, I can see that.
I’m sure on the right person it would be flattering.
But that person’s not you.
Sorry.
No, it’s fine. There’s a gift receipt in the box. You should exchange it for something you’d like better.
I will, thanks.
Merry Christmas anyway.
You know I’m Jewish.
Right. Happy Hanukkah.
That ended last week.
Well, Happy New Year then. See in 2016.
Not if I see you first.
Huh?
I said, next time maybe try a gift card. 

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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