Dogs 2010

MISTRESS
(1/15/10)


my wife
does not
know

the clues
are there
to be found
be she
is not
looking

I really
do not know
how
she will react
upon discovery

angry
betrayed
confused
to say
the least

hopefully
not
homicidal

I love her
unconditionally
more than
any other
except
my mother

this other
thing
is not love
at all
but
obsession

I feel
compelled
to participate

one day
she will find
some scribbled
lines
on wadded
paper
and that
as they say
will be that

gone
are the days
when she
could have burned
this total output
of betrayal
but I am sure
that a reformatted
hard drive
would not be
beyond
her reach
of revenge

she
was sure
that my days
of writing
were done

she
did not know
that only poetry
can choose
the closing
line