I went to the door of my neighbor down the hall, knocking.
A couple times, I’d held the elevator for her.
She was always so appreciative. I figured this was a good excuse
to come by and see her. There seemed to be the elements
of a mutual attraction at work.
“Hi!” she said.
“Hi— uhhhh, I’m your neighbor down the hall,” I replied.
She giggled. “Yes— I know!” Her smile radiated,
lighting up all the dim fluorescent bulbs in the corridor.
“Listen— I hate to come ask you this—but—“
“Well I wondered if I could borrow a cup of sugar?”
“Ohhh,” she trailed off, “I don’t bake…but—”
“MmmmHmm,” I groaned, unsurprised.
“Well I wouldn’t want any of your sugar anyway, then!”
I turned around— and walked back to my studio, depressed.
“All the good ones are worth shit in the kitchen,” I mumbled.
My door closed before hers did. She just stood there, beautiful—
stunned by what just transpired— and that I had left her there
in the doorway of opportunity. She was about to invite me in
for a cup of boiling hot water with a teabag tossed in.
It didn’t matter; I wouldn’t have come, even if she begged me.
I had work to do. I knew I would have to go knock
on at least a few more doors, now,
before I found the girl with my cup of sugar.