by Steve Ronzino

Dedicated to my family.




“What'd ya got?”


“I can see its not nuthin', what is it?”

“A book”

“Yeah, guessed that, we're in a friggin' bookstore, I

meant what IS it?”

“I don't know”

“Oh man, what's it about?”

“Don't know, I liked the cover, its intriguing”


“Yeah, intriguing and it has heft”


“Yeah, heft, its not heavy but ya know, it feels

nice and solid in your hand. The pages are

heavier stock than other book pages and the cover just feels

right. You would feel good walkin' around with it

in your hands”

“Jesus. Whats its called”



“I got it”


“You alright?”


“Why do we always come up here?

“I don't know”

“It's slanted”

“But there's a flat one over there”

“You can see the sky better”

“Lying on your back, slanted makes you see the

sky better?”

“Don't ya think?”

“No, always figured lying flat you could see the

sky better”

“I don't know, wanna make out?”



“Gotta penny?


“Put it right there”


“Cause when it comes, it'll flatten it”

“I never saw a flattened penny”

“Its pretty cool”

“What'd ya do with it, after its flattened?”

“Nothin, look at, I guess”




“He's not that bad”

“You don't know him”

“He hardly says a word”

“He screams at me and at her too”


“Yeah, really”

“Does he get physical?


“With you?”



“Don't freak out”

“Well, shit, I don't like that”

“It's alright”

“No it's not”

“I know but...”

“But what?”

“Please, just let it go, for now”

“I love you”

“I love you too”


“Hey Big man!”

“What’s up?”

“What choo need?”

“Can I get 12 for a hundred?”

“Yeah we can do that”


“You need a set?”

“No, I’m good”

“OK, see ya tomorrow”

“Yeah, tomorrow”


“OK, stop!”


“Just not into in tonight”

“ok, jeez”

“I don’t think this is working anymore”


“I really don’t think this is working anymore”

“Yeah, you said that”







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