Texts From J. Alfred Prufrock

clawsdo you want to go out tonight
where
idk
like a one-night cheap hotel
or maybe one of those sawdust restaurants
Sawdust restaurants?
Like with the peanut shells on the floor?
with oyster shells
Oyster shells on the floor?
let’s have a tedious argument in the streets
have you been drinking?
the sky is so beautiful tonight
like a patient etherized on a table

I’m coming over
I’m worried about you
there’s yellow smoke on the window-panes
What kind of smoke? Did you leave the stove on?
it’s curling all around the house
You need to get out of the house
oh it’s already sliding along the street
Get out of the house
now
I’m coming over
there will be time
there will be time for you and me

 

they say it I know they say it
they all say it

I honestly think you’re being paranoid
“But his arms and legs are thin!”
Nobody says that about you
Or how thin my hair is getting
Your hair looks fine
You’re all saying it
you think I can’t understand you because you’re talking about Michelangelo
But I know what you’re saying about me

I like the way your arms and legs look
I like your hair the way it is
You’d like me pinned and wriggling on the wall
I never said that
I wish I were claws
I wish I were just a bunch of claws
like a crab?
no
just claws

ripping shit up with my claws
living underwater

can we go back to that oyster restaurant
that depends
are you going to pretend to be a pair of claws and scuttle around in the lobster tank?
are you going to drive me there or what

 

S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse
you know I don’t speak Italian
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
No idea what you’re saying
so
let me know if you want to talk later in English
sorry new phone who is this

 

I told you they hated me
I told you I could hear their voices dying with a dying fall

I don’t think they hate you
I just think they were surprised to see you dressed like that
They’ve always hated me
I just don’t think they were expecting you to come in shouting
“I am Lazarus, come from the dead, come back to tell you all”
well I’m sorry
I’m sorry I’m not Prince Hamlet or whatever
Sorry to be an easy tool

No one thinks you’re a tool
It’s just a weird thing to say at a dinner party

 

what are you doing
like right now
working
good good
that’s good
do you think I should eat a peach
what
right now?
yeah
do you want to eat a peach?
idk
yeah

then you should eat a peach
yeah
could you give me a ride?

right now?
yeah
i’m at work
i know
where do you need a ride to?
the store
what store
i need a peach
can it wait?
not really
there’s like
a bunch of mermaids here

and they definitely hate me
I don’t know where that is
can we go back to that oyster restaurant
maybe they have peaches

I can’t leave work to go buy you a peach right now
that’s okay
that’s fine

the mermaids keep singing about drowning me
but I’ll probably be fine

okay
okay
tell me where you are and I’ll come get you
awesome
and then we can go get peaches?

yes
we can go get peaches
okay
I’ll be there in fifteen minutes
do you think I would look good with rolled trousers
like if I rolled up the cuffs
I think they would make my legs look less skinny

I don’t know
probably
I don’t know if I want a peach actually
oh my god
but you should still come get me
let’s go out somewhere

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