Dogs 2010

ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
(2/5/10)


she has
walked
with me
through two summers
but the cold temps
and precipitation
of the second
winter
has been
her undoing

she decided
that a stationary bike
would be the best
indoor alternative
to bad outdoor
conditions

so one
was ordered
and five days later
a large box rested
on our
front porch

putting
it together
was no great task
the needed tools
included
and the instructions
clear

the fact
that she needed
such a device
was our point
of dialectical
divergence

she
a materialistic essentialist
and me
a minimalistic perambulist
never quite agree
on most effective
methods
or requisite
possessions

relationships
are never resplendent
with ready-made tools
or simple sets
of instructions

each
passing moment
has its own
ephemeral
rules of engagement
hitherto unknown

we collected
packing material
unneeded literature
and stray styrofoam
stuffed it all
in the box
and carried it
to the curb

unfortunately
the accumulated dross
of misunderstandings
between us
would not
be so easily
disposed