When I answer the door,

resist an inevitably-new screen and choking,

she'll laugh

at teeth covered in chocolate.


These are the jokes

we play when one

is defending her drinking,

the other her boyfriend's wife.

It refers to being a shit-eater

but in the laughing


and laughing,

it is a slow ink 

drawing us back



Naomi Schub is a poet, teacher, and librarian living in Sydney. She is the co-founder of Na Zdravi, Na Shledanou press.