The Mess by Walter Bjorkman

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

–after Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

“I don’t even know if love exists, has anyone ever had a definition that fully satisfies, or a love that does? If they say so they are liars.”

“Something doesn’t have to be defined or definable to exist.”

“Now you are pulling in existential crap that can be used to justify or destroy anything or everything. Next you’ll be saying how do we know that everything, including me, isn’t just your imagination and nothing exists but you.”

“It could be true, even if you say how come we both have the same knowledge, of the events in Europe or the color of the street lights or that my dad is screwing his secretary; I could say that is because I imagined you to think that way.”

“We could go back and forth like that forever, but I can tell you why that argument is bullshit and everthing is as real as the taste in my real mouth of that really bad meatloaf we just ate.”


“If you, or I, are just imagining all this, why the hell are we sitting here just washing down lousy food with lousy coffee in a harshly lit diner at two am, paid for with our last two bucks, arguing about if I love you or if there even is such a thing, instead of fucking away in extended bliss in a bed of fluffed down while listening to Sarah Vaughan?”


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5 responses to “The Mess by Walter Bjorkman

  1. You got right down to brass tacks here, Walter! Love how cerebral discussions can always come down to the basic human needs and desires.

  2. len kuntz

    this was a gem. reads like cormac mccarthy’s “the sunset limited” but different of course.
    loved the end and this: “Something doesn’t have to bedefined, or definable to be real…”

  3. Walt! Ha! Love this conversation, which I myself have had, periodically, what is it called: solipsism?
    the crappy meatloaf part was my favorite, it grounded the dialogue really well!

  4. Alexandra Pereira

    This was fantastic, Walter! Really enjoyed reading it. :-)

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