Dogs 2013

JAVA CZARINA
(5/4/13)


when we
first
got married
my wife
didn't even
drink
coffee

she watched
me consume
cup after cup
then finally
began experimenting
with the beverage

she is
now
a coffee
snob

unhappy
unless she
can display
her knowledge
and predilections
routinely
at any
of the local
Starbucks

while
they are not
my venti
of tea
there is nothing
wrong
with the places

or the people
in them

I have
simply
never felt
as if
I belonged

I wait
in the corners

in the
shadows

out
of the way
of those
most serious
of customers
and employees

when
we leave
with her container
of style and surge
I can breathe
again

she
is pleased
and I am
relieved
to be done

I'll
have instant
at home

in a
separate
room