In the cinema,
pudgy recliner holding me
in its vinyl hand,
your own hand holding mine –

I want to laugh at the preview,
but only the right side of my mouth moves,
upper lip meeting lower cheek,
like some lopsided, one-sided kiss.

We’re too old to make out in theaters,
too young to think we’re old.
And my look is a little too serious.
We’re a little too serious.

If I could just relax my back.
If I could just remind my mind
not everything is metaphor and symbol,
and sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Dust off that sense of humor.
Have a Coke and a smile.
Just forget for a while.
Just enjoy the show.


Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has earned a living through content development and marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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