The Day After the Good Day

by Lauren Becker

He said he would call tomorrow, which is today and today he said he will call tomorrow. Though he liked me for eight hours yesterday, today's clock pities me. I was wrong to think he could not backpedal so soon. I am a dirty towel, used deodorant, stale bread, an abandoned pit bull, drugstore perfume, Styrofoam. I thought I had some time to hide behind my hair. When he held my hand, I forgot the last time I bought into a pretty scam, paying all I had for a vacation time share built on a swamp.


Lauren Becker works in public affairs in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in Word Riot and DOGZPLOT, and will appear in mud luscious. She was tempted to make her bio longer than her story, but decided to behave like a grown-up.


Ian said...

"bought into a pretty scam"


your word riot story is excellent.

David said...

This read like a poem. I love the accumulation of all the "unwanted" things, particularly drug store perfume and styrofoam. Just wonderful.

DOGZPLOT said...

pfffff... who doesnt want styrofoam

Joe said...

Very nice descriptive narrative. You have a gift for words and word play that is wonderful. Great job!

Michelle Panik O'Neill said...

The opening line just sings. Wonderful.

Anonymous said...

you really have me crying for the protagonist.Good job.

Jeanette Cheezum

Anonymous said...

Tight and edgy - nice job.

Quin Browne said...

i can't read all the comments, i'm waiting for my phone to ring.. he said he'd call today.