Posts Tagged ‘relationship


The List

Before going home, he checked his e-mail one more time.
Before going home, he shut down his computer and buttoned up his coat.
Before going home, he dropped some letters into the mail slot, walked out of the office, and took the elevator to his car.
On his way home, he dictated letters for tomorrow, contacted suppliers, quizzed his accountant, and sold some shares of stock.
On his way home, he gassed up his car, had the oil and filter changed, drank dangerously bad coffee, ate stale popcorn, and read old magazines.
On his way home, he drank a beer at Shorty’s, rented an action movie, bought a large pizza, and wondered how it got so late.
When he got home, he found the garage door standing open, saw that all the lights were off, and heard his footsteps in the empty house.
When he got home, he read the note that said, “I’ve left you. I’m not sure if you’ll notice” and he couldn’t think what she meant.
When he got home, he sank into the couch and fell asleep with a movie on Tivo and a slice of pizza balanced on his chest.
Yawning his way to the bedroom, he checked the Nikkei Index, turned up the electric blanket, and wondered why he was alone.
On the road to Ulysses, Kansas, she nibbled on some chicken fingers, sang with the Beach Boys, and laughed to herself, “Do you think he misses me yet?”
He woke around 1 am with a feeling of something forgotten, there was a pillow on the bedroom floor, and he went to the study to read his list.
He’s been so busy crossing off items he forgot the most important one of all-
Before going home, it’s good to be sure that what you call home will still be there.


Something Like That

Her dad called him “a piece of work”.
Her sister said, “He’ll make you cry.”
Her mother said, “I don’t know what the hell you’re thinking.”
No one told her he was a man who’d do something like that.

Sometimes stop signs were optional.
He never corrected an undercharging bill.
He put cat poop in a business rival’s AC unit.
Did that make him a man who’d do something like this?

He said rude things to and about her friends.
Canceled appointments to have her hair done.
Told her, “Baby, your life would be so empty without me.”
Maybe she should have seen him as a man who’d do something like this.

Now they’re an item on the blotter:
Reporting party says
Her dog died at the vet yesterday and someone picked it up.
They said they were a friend of hers.
She didn’t know who it was.
Today her ex-husband called.
He’s burying the dog; She wants it back.

The cops charged him but laughed.
“Geez, lady. You can’t think this’ll stick.
A skin and soul of Teflon he’s got.
But what did you expect?
He’s a man who’d do something like that.”