#2

POETRY

July 2020

pizzeria

šime knežević

The person pointed at me their finger

and so I found him, on a chair in a pizzeria.

Gotcha; you I know. I had seen you before.

You and I, we both wore the same idea

of anonymity, like a woolly blanket in summer,

an air of suffocating stupidity about us.

In a chair where I sat for one large capricciosa,

the person beside me pointed at me their finger.

Anonymity is to sit in a pizzeria and be set 

apart from your body, from your hunger, aloof.

At the point of the person’s finger, the inflated 

idea of my anonymity hissed to a slump

in the chair of a pizzeria. Who was this person, 

and why were they pointing their finger?

         

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Šime Knežević was born in 1985 and lives in Sydney. His debut chapbook, The Hostage, was published by Subbed In.

(Image credit: Carl Nenzen Loven, 2017, cropped).