Dogs 2011

THREE PROMISES
(5/26/11)


I called
from 1,200
miles away
after fleeing
town by bus
in a hangover
funk

I asked her
to marry me

she bought me
a plane ticket
back
to Tulsa

4 months later
she asked me
to leave

I had lied

I had only
wanted
a way home

~

I asked
the next
on the day
that Space Shuttle Columbia
became a million
fiery missiles
over
the Southland

I ignored
any importune
portent

a week later
she returned
the ring

she had lied

it was
my turn
to burn

~

the last
I asked
on a more
appropriate
occasion

April Fool's Day

we are
together
still

foolishly