The Rasp and the Wine is a 1975 Olds Cutlass convertible with red leather seats. You’re in the car with your lover going 30 over the limit, letting the night take you where it will. It’s your fourth glass of wine, your penultimate chance, your fading hesitation. It’s your last box of matches, yesterday’s newspaper wet on your step, your messy chest of drawers. It’s a promise you made a fortnight ago, that ache from 1985, the one crush you’ll never reveal to anyone. It’s an eBay regret, that split-second eye lock at the cafe this morning, your love song on repeat.
It’s vibrato and sustain. A lunge. A yes.