Dogs 2006

COFFEE CONFESSIONS
(12/8/06)


we sat
across the table
from each other
in a well lit diner
on a Thursday night
after AA meeting
of our group
was finished

there were things
that you didn't share
with a group
of alcoholics
but I was
hearing them
now

his marriage
dissolving
even though he'd quit
the drugs and alcohol
his wife
unhappy all those years
with his using
then simply
became unhappy
with him

now that
she had asked
him to leave
she was unhappy
as well

she
had to find
her own solution
but that didn't seem
to be of much
consolation
to him now

what
was I supposed
to tell him?

I had failed
at every relationship
in my life
both drunk
and sober
maybe
I could tell him
that living alone
really
wasn't
that
bad

"maybe
she just needs
to get laid"

he laughed
for the first time
that night