You introduced yourself as Nicholas but now you're writing Nick
above your number (to indicate a having-known). Please,
let's not kid ourselves, nor split our pronouns. I do admit
not all of it was bad: I liked your all-American jaw, and
the man who mistook us for racoons and surprised us
in his alley. Your stories about Colombia were good.
It was Nariño where you incited the peasant rebellion,
right? And your tenure in a marxist militia, in Tolima?
How nice. The reader grants consent to be told lies,
she turns a page. It took longer than I expected,
being lied to. After I see you out and say goodbye,
I wonder which book to lose your number in.