Dogs 2007

CHASTITY GUISE
(11/26/07)


a holiday
invitation
for old time's sake
watch a movie
then maybe
talk a bit

nothing more

they hadn't
been together
in months
what else
was left?

she opened
the door
baggy blue jeans
and an overlarge
flannel shirt
hair a mess

about as sexy
as a November
scarecrow
windblown
wasted
no hint
of corporeal appeal

still
they curled
on the couch
their usual
viewing position
of the not
too distance
past

one arm
under her neck
the other
over her waist
hand reaching up
to hold her shoulder
instead of passionately
cupping a breast
as was
his habit
in better times

she made
no movements
to indicate
further closeness
and he relaxed
sensing that nothing
additional
was expected
or desired

the DVD
droned on
more bad cinema
and he wondered
why she thought
that he might
be interested
at all

possibly
a punishment
for so many previous
twisted plots
and sordid stories
plugged in
at his insistence

it was
only fair
he guessed

movie done
she sat up
turned
and looked down
at him

strangely

warmly

"how
about a kiss
then I'll fix us
some tea?"

he was burrowed
all the way back
in the overstuffed sofa
lost in the pillows
thinking that
exchanging positions
would be an awful
amount
of trouble
so he laid there
waiting for her
to make some
sort of move

her brows
lifted in question
then plummeted
in disgust

"you could at least
make
an attempt"

then she leaned forward
all her weight
on an elbow
digging into his thigh
causing him
to jump

"ah
so he CAN
move"

he sat up
and began
putting
on his shoes

"leaving now?"

"yes
thanks
for the movie"

"you didn't
like it
did you"

"not really"

"funny
I thought
that you might"

"funny
but you didn't"

his footwear
secure
he rose
put on his jacket
and went
to the door

he opened it
stepped out
and turned
to simply
say goodnight
"you know...
I'm not wearing
any underwear"

"what?"

"all
that you had
to do
was undo a button
or pull down
a zipper
and you would have
been right
there

we could have
had
some fun"

he backed away
shaking his head

"just rent
a better
DVD
next time"

the door slammed
of course
neither one
knowing
what it all meant