The car door remained ajar as I thought it over. She was in my head. My heart was pierced. I was wrestling inward.
I stared at the house, then at my steering wheel. I made up my mind. The car door shut. The key turned the ignition and the engine came to life.
I cannot ask you out, I thought, because I know you’ll say no. History says you’ll say no.
–from “Lament of the Paper Towel Man,” available on cassette tape and CD, Sappy Love Inc, 1988.