Dogs 2009

MINUTE MIRACLE
(12/22/09)


my
wedding ring
was gone

lost
in the confluence
of weekend chores
crawlspace
yard
attic
truck
garage
bathroom
restaurant
parking lots
and hardware store
it would likely
remain
that way

during the long
workweek interim
I wore
a cheap facsimile
on the appropriate finger
made fruitless calls
to the two businesses
and maddened
my mind
with all
the possibilities

the next weekend
with little hope
I retrace
my steps
and slithering

under
the house
I spend an hour
and a half
bellying through
the same dank dust
as the week before
even undoing
my not so handy
handy work
in the off chance
the ring
had slipped
in between ductwork
and insulation

nothing

back in daylight
depressed
and coughing
I begin dusting
the 70 year old dirt
from my clothes
so furiously
in fact
that the substitute
jewelry
almost comes flying
off my finger
and onto
the driveway

hmmm...

the week before
I had performed
the same ritual
in the yard
so
rake in hand
I return
to that spot
and begin gently
to excavate
the site

a dozen
passes later
something reflects
a glint
of sunlight

no way

but there
it is
after
a weeklong vacation
in the grass

my wife
a smiling witness
I return the ring
to its
proper position
holding up my hand
and kissing her
to reestablish
the connection

eight
feet away
my mother's ashes
rest
in a flower bed

nice catch
Mom