Dogs 2010

HALLOWED HALLMARK
(5/4/10)


she
was looking forward
to their
anniversary

he always
selected
thoughtful
and relevant
gifts

however
he still insisted
on writing his own
original verse
to accompany
the present

greeting cards
were for people
unable to express
themselves
he always
said

cheap
prose prostitutes
dirtying occasions
with impersonal
sentiments
almost criminally
commandeered
by the purchaser

while
the things
which he wrote
were usually sweet
they always contained
some twisted element
that precluded
any viewing
by others

she was
always
touched
and embarrassed
at the same time
by his stanzas

the day
finally arrived
and on a neatly
wrapped box
was an ornate
envelope
not
his usual
folded
piece of paper

she glowed
as she opened
and read
the greeting prepared
by persons
not present

his simple
signature
was the only
blight
upon the perfection
of the presentation

she could
hardly wait
to show
the vaunted verse
to her best
friend

whom
she barely
knew