Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Hard Sell

The Day I Met My Dad

Rustling little dress,
Mom laughed but polka dots would
Prove I was awesome.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


It was supposed to be a simple reunion -
    two old friends quietly taking solace in the infrequent luxury of being richly understood
    kindred spirits content to walk about in the candor of daytime shadows

How was I to know he would pour his heart out to Laila the night I introduced them?

He's in love with you! she laughed with wide eyes. Like... madly in love. 

What had I done?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Crazy Making

As luck would have it, 
fate was cruel.
Departing like vectors,
their sacraments and separations
did compose deceptive serendipity
and spurious connections.


He practically booked a plane ticket the night I told him what S.B. had done. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Have Your Cake

She gripped the railing and spoke to her left hand.

Maybe next time I should leave it at home.

I glanced at her ring finger, but said nothing. I already knew she was bothered.

As we poured out of the dance club, sultry on sexual overtone, we politely declined offers for an extended evening. Beyond steamy smoke and mirrors, I assured ambitious amateurs that our phone numbers would do them no good.

A few steps away, Laila was exposed under the jaundiced glow of a street lamp. The multifaceted cut so carefully selected for her would glimmer under even the grimiest bulb.

Man, don't waste your time. She's married. 

The corners of her smile fell a little.
Anyone could see this was new to her.