R u s t y T. R u s s e l l
Gulf Island 3
I can’t talk to you right now
because I’m writing a novel.
It began just like this.
Then the boy tried to find the phone number
of the only pharmacy in town
that wasn’t listed.
It took hours and was all in the past tense
right up to here.
I know something else has to happen in a novel
and maybe you would suggest something
you’d like to see if I stopped to talk to you.
But I keep thinking about that little boy.
I know he should not be me
in a proper story, but he was.
He isn’t even a boy.