Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Better late than never


Another mouth
to feed, another
bowl to clean?

Maybe that's 
what she thought
when she opened
my gift to her:
a goldfish for her
April 1st birthday

She thanked me,
though not the way
she did when
I delighted her.
She did name him:

Is it a bad thing
or a good thing
to give someone
you love the one
thing that you desire
when you are 12?

I made my
father promise
to bring Fool
in the car when
we moved
a thousand miles
before he joined us

I've tried to
forgive and forget.
But all I can do is 
a toilet flushing,
a swirl of orange
a quick dash to a packed car.

I was fooled.
We all were.

Image by Andrew Pescod