beautiful gender-normative courting

Chad Lutz

It’s been two weeks

It’s been a month

It’s been three days

 

& yet they say

I love you

 

they throw

things around

& say I love you

 

they leave

you on the front

step with no keys

& a nip to the air

& say I love you

 

they prance

around the

apartment

shouting

 

I love you

I love you

 

when are we

going to have sex?

 

the answer is clouded

like winter in Cleveland

a knot forms in my chest

 

I love you

I say

 

but I’m just

not into sex

 

then you

must be

cheating on

me they reply

 

& start the car

in the drive

ready to run

me over

Chad W. Lutz is a speedy, non-binary writer born in Akron, Ohio, in 1986 and raised in the neighboring suburb of Stow. They graduated from Kent State University with their BA in English in 2008 and from Mills College in Oakland, California, with their MFA in Creative Writing in 2018. Their first book, For the Time Being (2020), is currently available through J. New Books.