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you couldn’t come

David Shrigley

I’m Creedence Clearwater Wright
best friend of Elodie Eye
we’ve been tight since Percy Elementary
class of 1985
we moved together out to Philly after college
took a two bedroom at South & 9th
I sold my violin so we could have it easy
El got her grandmother’s money when she died

we laughed like we were queens
& split our ballgowns at the seams
& every single time I’d dream
it was only El & me
but then she slipped away from me
she met a boy from New Jersey
& they fell fast in love of course
I swear it felt like a divorce

this September I’ll be 26 years old
& El’s the only one besides my dad
who’s ever said I love you Creedence

took got a job downtown
it’s an hour on the bus each way
typing letters for a lawyer in a bad toupee
it’s dumb I know but it pays okay

& did I mention I moved out
I got my own place off of South
& I’ve been living hand to mouth
for going on a year by now
& yes I still see El around
it’s different but I can’t say how
she cut her hair it’s back to brown
she’s living with her boyfriend now

& since September I’ve been 26 years old
she’s still the only one besides my dad
who’s ever said I love you Creedence

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