a jigger of gin

like two drunkards
out of a 1950s ‘noir’ novel
the married couple fought

first a broken ladder
the man set it up
the woman pushed it down
in two pieces it lay
on the lawn

the man started drinking gin
trying to put humty dumty
back together again

the woman smoked more
with angry puffs and annoyed huffs
she sat there
like a bomb that’s about to blow

they slept in separate beds
side by side
single beds

they began eating
in separate rooms

the man moved into the basement
the woman spent time in the attic

they had three kids
before all this spiraled down

we visit their gravestones now

a jigger of gin

Jimmy Joe

Joined April 2008

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My point has never been to write “brilliant lines of poetry.” I write whats on my mind..Sometimes what i write is a hit and sometimes a miss as far as what people will like…This one came from a dream this morning..I was back at the house I grew up in. My mom had the front yard redone..It was shocking..The plum tree was gone and a new cement sidewalk had been put in. The ladder I was using (the metal one’s that slide) had come apart and the two pieces were laying there on the lawn. I took it from there and imagined a young married couple arguing…Maybe it’s because my parents were from that time period (but they never fought)..I wish they had fought—eventually they divorced and I think communication is important..There’s nothing wrong with a good fight now and then. My parents never did that..I always wondered what it was like to hear parents fighting. I’ve heard it’s bad, but i just never experienced it..

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