July/Aug 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 4 Poetry |

Uncontested

The divorce was uncontested. One person tried very hard to stay married, but finally gave up. He was the faithful type, his mother s name tattooed to his right shoulder. Was that the problem, the reason the sad divorce was uncontested? The other person was on her way from point A to point X, Y, or Z, and he was only point B. Hardly a contest. She was surveying the far horizon. He was studying the bottles on the night table that she was sweeping into a cloth bag to take with her, that he would miss. At least there were no children, so it was a clean, uncontested divorce, with little or no collateral damage. No surgery to remove a tattoo. No home ownership, no haberdashery or farm to be divided. For days he could hardly lift his eyes to the students in his classroom. While she felt years lighter, and enormously newer, with no contest between his regret and her elation. All this and his mother's death, like a lesson in acceptance. When he massages his own shoulder, as he does r

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