taking time off
from work on a weekday –

it’s wednesday morning.
no plans
but to lay out in bed
and listen to a patter
of the rain we’ve been getting.

in the next room, my girlfriend’s
on a phonecall with her boss –
she’s working; we can’t both
afford the day off.

her murmured conversation
comes tiptoe through the bedroom,
touches my hair,
puts its hands
on my shoulders.