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Still Looking Out for Number One by Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver was a poet before he became popular for writing short stories. Wow. I’ve been reading his poems for a long time now but had no idea.

Still Looking Out for Number One
Raymond Carver

Now that you’ve gone away for five days,
I’ll smoke all the cigarettes I want,
where I want. Make biscuits and eat them
with jam and fat bacon. Loaf. Indulge
myself. Walk on the beach if I feel
like it. And I feel like it, alone and
thinking about when I was young. The people
then who loved me beyond reason.
And how I loved them above all others.
Except one. I’m saying I’ll do everything
I want here while you’re away!
But there’s one thing I won’t do.
I won’t sleep in our bed without you.
No. It doesn’t please me to do so.
I’ll sleep where I damn well feel like it –
where I sleep best when you’re away
and I can’t hold you the way I do.
On the broken sofa in my study.

Comments (2)

  • sandy

    I, on the other hand, knew him as a very good short story writer before a poet. And I only learned about it this year too. 🙂


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