Dogs 2015

ARITHMETIC ATTRITION
(3/28/15)


when they got
together
the first time

three months
after
their divorce

she talked
of moving
back in

afterward
he noticed
that his windshield
was mysteriously
cracked

he considered it
a freak casualty
of summer heat

the second time
that they met

eight months
after their divorce

four months
after
her forth marriage

she spoke
of her current
unhappiness
and breached
the topic
of cohabitation
again

the next day
he discovered
that he owed
four thousand dollars
in taxes

a tangential
result
of their breakup

a coincidence
he thought

the third time
that they
saw each other

ten months
after
their divorce

six months
after
her forth marriage

they met simply
in a parking lot
to exchange
a few pleasantries

again
she talked
of how she missed
what they
had

later
the skies
darkened

wind
rain
and hail
attacked
the area

a tornado
ripped
through the clouds
and killed a man
just a few
miles away

the consequences
of their meetings
seemed
to be escalating
exponentially

this time
he recognized
the solution
to the equation
of her

he realizes
that a forth
such encounter
will probably result
in his funeral

now
when sees
her number
on caller ID

he simply
turns off
his phone

addition
by subtraction

he is much
happier
this way