Dogs 2014

$15.75
(9/5/14)


it's
the principle

of course

not
the money

but
she owes me
the money

she says
that she has
the money

she says
that she will
pay me
the money

three months
later
however

no money

when I
remind her
she gets
snippy

"why
do you have
to get shitty
about it?"

she asks

I'm
just being
truthfully insistent
concerning
what is owed
to me

after being
systematically
nickel and dimed
to death
over our
six year marriage
and then subsequently
dollared into submission
by a lump sum
divorce settlement
this one last
minimal amount
really makes
no difference
at all

she
can't kill me
any more financially
than she
already has

but so
much
has been
lost

monetarily
and emotionally

that I insist
upon this
one last
paltry
worldly
retribution

when
it does
finally arrive
I am hoping
for a check

enough
to start
the first flame
of Fall
in the fireplace
that we
once shared
when romance
was blazing

the resulting ashes
will correctly
represent
the status
or our current
relationship