Dogs 2007

NEAT FREAK
(2/8/07)


damn

the phone bill

I forgot
the phone bill

after all
that work
last night
cleaning the apartment
from tiny room
to tiny room
making the sure
that everything
was spotless
not a thing
out of place

except
the phone bill
laying on
the kitchen
counter

I had lined
there
what little
important paperwork
that I possessed
car title
birth certificate
banking information
honorable discharge
anything of value
that might aid
in the investigation

I wrote
the check
for the phone bill
put it in the envelope
stamped it
sealed it
had it ready
to go
but
I forgot it
on the way
out

too late
to go back

he would
be leaving for work
any minute now

I feel the gun
in my pocket
glad that
I loaded it
last night

five bullets
for him
to be sure
that he was gone
and one for me
to be sure
that I would not
be spending
any time
in a filthy cell
somewhere

I hope
that the cops
will mail that
phone bill
for me