Lunch Break

Holly Pelesky



I had an emotional affair.

Someone took an interest in me

the way I wanted—

in the daily changes way,

not the one-time infatuation way.


We went to a mall on lunch break

to pick up the ring for his fiancé.

Our jeweler confused me for her.

We didn’t correct him. We ate Sbarros. 




Holly Pelesky is a lover of coconut, spreadsheets, and a giant sandwich every now and again. She is a current MFA student at the University of Nebraska where she co-conceived a fraternity. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska where two boys are always vying for her attention.