She and He in a Swivet

"I love order. It's my dream. A world where all would be silent and still and each thing in its last place, under the last dust."

Samuel Beckett, from Endgame She -- Is this how you thought it would be, this life?

He -- No, no.

S -- This blank space, this time of no communion, this silence.

H -- No. The silence. This nihility, zero, zilch, zip.

S -- Zippo, zot.

H -- Wordster. The converse of silence?

S -- No.

H -- No?

S -- Herme's silence?

H -- No, not that. Not the lovely pause which each fears to break, which, if broken, perhaps yields something equally lovely.

S -- Something equal to the lovely pause?

H -- Yes.

S -- Not that.

H -- No.

S -- There were times--

H -- Yes, times--

S -- When we, you and I, we--cohered--

H -- I'd like to believe--

S -- Yes.

H -- You and I, we did, we, like a cartwheel of stars.

S -- We did. Together. Nice of--

H -- Yes. And, others, there were others. We stuck with them, the others. We thought it meant--

S -- We thought it meant we had something, something ineffable.

H -- Yes. Even without the others, alone, you and I--

S -- Ah.

H -- It's late.

S -- It is.

H -- It seems to me that the business of regretting the past would be never-ending.

S -- Is this all there is, this? Is that a song?

H -- Yes.

S -- Yes, to the first or the second part?

H -- Both. This is all there is.

S -- And a song.

H -- Yes.

S -- Hm.

H -- We could try to move about, to see what is beyond this.

S -- It is beyond us. This.

H -- Yes.

S -- It is possible still to move. About.

H -- Is it?

S -- Yes.

H -- Then?

S -- We could. We could open the door.

H -- Yes. We--

S -- Is that what you want at this point? Is that what you imagine can break the spell?

H -- Is it a spell?

S -- Yes. A bad spell.

H -- Undeviating?

S -- Hm.

H -- Yes. Let's.

S -- Move about?

H -- We could just open. The door.

S -- Let's.

H -- Ok.

S -- There. There is the world, the variegated world.

H -- Gate? Did you say? The gate is open?

S -- Variegate.

H -- Right.

S -- It's--it's--

H -- Yes?

S -- Grand. It's grand. It's so bright.

H -- It is.

S -- It frightens me.

H -- Does it?

S -- No. No, it's--welcoming, isn't it?

H -- It is. Come here.

S -- What?

H -- You're beautiful.

S -- I--

H -- Yes. Beautiful.

S -- You, too. You're beautiful.

H -- Come closer.

S -- Yes.

H -- There. How's that?

S -- Unexpected.

H -- Yes. Excellent.

S -- Yes, except--hold me like that. Yes.

H -- The light is so--what? Tender?

S -- Or--

H -- Let's go. Let's go outside.

S -- It's a beautiful word. World--word.

H -- Nothing is changed, ultimately.

S -- I know. Noth--

H -- Still--

S -- Right.

H -- Just holding you, just holding on.

S -- Is enough?

H -- Maybe. I don't know.

S -- I don't know either.

H --

S --

H --

S --

H -- Ah.

S -- Herme's silence?

H -- I think so. I think it's only a space between two things, two possible things. One bright, one dark. That space--that space is all we know--all we can hope--

S -- One bright, one dark.

H -- I know.

S -- Hold me closer. Close the door.

H -- There.

S -- Later. We can decide later.

H -- Yes. You're smiling.

S -- Hold me closer.

About the author:

Corey Mesler is the owner of Burkes Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the countrys oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals including Rattle, Pindeldyboz, Quick Fiction, Cranky, Thema, Mars Hill Review, Poet Lore and others. He has also been a book reviewer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal. A short story of his was chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Years Best, published by Algonquin Books. Talk, his first novel, appeared in 2002. Nice blurbs from Lee Smith, John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Frederick Barthelme, and others. He has a new novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, due out in 2005 from Livingston. His latest three poetry chapbooks are Chin-Chin in Eden (2003) and Dark on Purpose (2004) and The Heart is Open (2005). He also claims to have written "Im Not Youre Stepping Stone." Most importantly, he is Toby and Chloes dad and Cheryls husband.