What She Said by Billy Collins

When he told me he expected me to pay for dinner,
I was like give me a break.

I was not the exact equivalent of give me a break.
I was just similar to give me a break.

As I said, I was like give me a break.

I would love to tell you
how I was able to resemble give me a break
without actually being identical to give me a break,

but all I can say is that I sensed
a similarity between me and give me a break.

And that was close enough
at that point in the evening
even if it meant I would fall short
of standing up from the table and screaming
give me a break,

for God’s sake will you please give me a break?!

No, for that moment
with the rain streaking the restaurant windows
and the waiter approaching,

I felt the most I could be was like

to a certain degree

give me a break.

~ by Billy Collins, from the book Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems

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2 Responses to What She Said by Billy Collins

  1. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I remember reading this poem! I laughed at the first stanza! ;-)

    • CarrieK
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      says:

      V – I know – I love how his sense of humor comes out in his poetry.