Dogs 2010

SHE ASKED
(7/12/10)


"so…

do you ever
play with yourself
anymore?"

not knowing
what else
to do
he simply laughed
and went back
to reading

"no
really

do you still
jerk off?"

he put
the book
down

"are you really
asking me
that?"

he was trying
to divine
her objective

he regretted
admitting early on
in their marriage
that masturbation
to a loner
like him
was far preferable
to enduring
any type
of relationship
just to get
laid

even
one nighters
had too many
complications

she seemed
relieved
at first
that so few
women
were involved
in his past

"you heard me

I asked you
in plain
English

I want
to know"

they had been
married
for a little
over two years
and all the predictions
that his married friends
had given him
had proved true
as far as sex
was concerned

from
every day
to 5 or 6 times
a week
to 3 or 4 times
to only twice
then finally
to just once
with maybe
a second
thrown in
on a good
week

a very
good
week

she
called all
the shots
in that
area

if he pushed
the subject
the least
little bit
he was termed
a dirty
old man

his frown
changed
to a smile

"why
would I have
to do that
anymore?

I'm married
to you
now!"

she studied
his face
for a few

then she
smiled too

"well
I should hope
not"

it was
the only lie
that he ever
told her

repeatedly