Over the last few years
your days have been filled with tumultuousness;
random accidents, you claim.
To me, seemingly unforgivable,
made fouler by the dark mead of disillusion.
What was I supposed to think—?
the man, the smell,
the bottle, the flowers from Michigan:
none have meaning beyond their chance grouping.
Loving you has been like capturing a switchblade,
unexpectedly, with arteries and veins.
© Richard King Perkins II