Dogs 2010

THE SUCCESS OF FAILURE
(12/28/10)


she
had endured
his disease
for seven
years

taken him
to AA meetings
treatment centers
psychiatrists
counselors
even church

he refused
to fully accept
any and all
assistance

finally
she threw him
out
of her life

she met
an acquaintance
from her childhood
and they shacked up
for a few years
of love
and laughter
until finally
he proposed

on her way
to be married
she saw
her former
alcoholic
flame
on the steps
of a convenience
store

she pulled
over
and in her
wedding dress
went to give him
a final hug
goodbye

stooped
using a cane
looking 20 years
older
than his age
he accepted
the embrace
smiled
a brown toothed grin
and waved
as she drove
away
to the chapel

he shuffled
unsurely back
to the YMCA
pulled a crumpled
calendar
from his backpack
and circled
the date
with a broken
pencil

drifting
to the past
he tried
to imagine
how they had
been
in the happier
times
of his sickened
perceptions

reverie
passed
he glanced
down again
to see
his next
court date
also highlighted

he hoped
that they
threw him
in jail
before they
threw him
out
of the Y

happy endings
colored
in different
hues