Dogs 2007

I THEE WED
(12/25/07)


"what's this?"

he asked
as he held
the ring
up
to the light

"it's a
going away
present

I'm leaving

read
the inscription"

he looked first
inside
frowned
then outside
the silver surface
before
he found it

"imagine?

what's that
supposed
to mean?"

a malevolent smile
crept upon her lips
as she looked up
at him

"wear it
on the ring finger
of your left hand
and imagine
that you
have a wife
because you'll never
have one
for real

you're such
a prick

but I love
you"

he resisted
pointing out
that she was
already married
and obviously
not to him
so he wondered
what that might
make her

a prickette?

"gee thanks
but you know
that I'm not
a jewelry
wearer"

"just
hang onto it
and think about me
every once
in a while"

now
it was his turn
to smile
no longer able
to help
himself

"don't worry
I'll think of you
every time
that I skim
the divorces granted
section
of the newspaper"

her arm went back
but didn't
follow through

"prick!"

she said
as her eyes
began to tear
and she turned
to walk away

"goodbye"


eight years later
while storing away
returned necklaces
from the most recent
ex-girlfriend
he finds the ring

he places it
upon the ring finger
of his left hand

a perfect fit

a perfect ending
to a dubious
dating career

he closes
his eyes
and imagines
spending the rest
of his days
quite alone

at least
he has a ring
for his
efforts

one
more
smile