Happy (Freytag's Pyramid)
In One we met. The conflict
was my old one, love. I had it for him.
He had it for him, too.
In Two the conflict entered stage left:
another woman. There was some lively dialogue
to represent sex.
In Three he chose against me—the other girl
had some get-up of veils, and smoke wafted in from the wings
when she appeared. Even I was beguiled.
The intermission offered no relief;
I spent it locked in a bathroom,
lying on the comfort of cold tile.
In Four I walked around a pretend meadow
as I monologued on and on
about how hard it is to be me—
it's what I thought a sad girl
is supposed to do for her audience.
In Five it was over,
and the audience filed out, orderly;
the cast shared cabs to the wrap party.
By then, everyone had either been murdered or married.
Antioch Review Winter 2012
Copyright © 2012 by Courtney Queeney
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission