Dogs 2010

DOMESTIC HISS
(7/22/10)


SLAP!

SLAP!

SLAP!

the harsh
sound
of something
like a hand
hitting flesh

SLAP!

coming
from the bedroom
where I had assumed
that my wife
was alone

SLAP!

no speech
accompanied
the assault
of violent
noise

SLAP!

if two
people
were involved
protestations
would surely
be included

SLAP!

finally
I ventured
from the den
and slowly
looked
around
the corner

SLAP!

her back
to the door
she was sitting
at the desk
brutally turning
the pages
of a blameless
Shape magazine

SLAP!

my love
was obviously
not
in a good
mood

SLAP!

slowly
I edged back
to my room
of incense
and better
energy

SLAP!

soon
she would finish
and the venting
would ensue

CRASH!

apparently
the sound
of the periodical
hitting
a wall

followed
by a long
forceful sigh

then
came the
footfalls
of her
discontent