Leigh Gallagher is fiction writer and teacher.

Go Into the Room

Go into the room. It’s easy, you have a key. This is the room of a person you’ve long been close to and have long wanted to be closer to, though something in this person’s manner—the way they look away while speaking, the way they hesitate with their hands—solidifies your distance. You are a part of the world, and the world is a thing to be kept at bay. They are clumsy and inexact with language; have difficulty squeezing thoughts into words.