wench, the one with the thin-lipped man
whose bed I made every day, whose dinner
I prepared, then the eventual loss of life.
After the grave was filled, you went
I remarried and you returned.
You would stand on Signal Hill waving
your arms at me with the miserable sod,
as we picnicked in the dank cove.
Once I swore I saw you in the window,
your lust-filled face gazing at me
the way he liked, then the coughing cigarette
kiss that promised another grave.
You meant to call that time.
You said before you’d look me up
when the whistle of the kettle calls
and a man, third time's the charm,
sits in his comfortable chair - dogs
and shoes scattered beneath. You liked the trust
I carried with the sheets –
a quick slap against the cool Atlantic air.
But our past is a smooth stone for skipping
across the distance. You like it that way.
You have made it your home,
two steps behind
the closed doors of my little world.