In­struc­tions for a lover

The Monthly (Australia) - - ARTS & LETTER - SARAH HOL­LAND-BATT

Bring me lemons and mint, a pitcher’s fish­bowl loaded with ice and slices of cu­cum­ber, a Tom Collins in a tum­bler, the fizz of it.

Give me sul­phur sum­mer heat, tarry side­walks, a tired hy­drant gey­ser­ing over the street, a plane ticket to the Vir­gin Is­lands or Madrid and Satur­day lan­guor, bed­sheets wick­ing away sweat af­ter sex, buy me a high­ball from a ho­tel bar in an­other hemi­sphere, book me a room at the Savoy or the Ritz, play me sweet low cello or Car­men McRae, pour me a glass of Beau­jo­lais, give me an ar­gu­ment I can sink my teeth into all week, learn how to dig in your heels, for god’s sake, slap me clean across the face with Riviera breeze, and above all, take note of all the things I say – pull me closer, push me away.

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