i walked in behind her carrying a distended plastic sack
bulging with all manner of goods and produce
not saying a word as she removed her coat in
a single sudden motion
a stolid steady stride
straight into the bedroom
slamming the door shut behind her.
i stood there as the echoes of rattling pine on pine subsided
returning at last
to the buzzing electrical hum of a house at rest.
fist clenched bag straining under the weight of its uninvited mass.
i felt it then
the overwhelming relief
of pressure leaving my arm.
looking down i saw it all.
a tear emerging from its cloudy face like a smug smirk
quickly expanding and opening into a hissing fit of laughter
as its contents spilled upon the floor
thudding chuckles on latticed tiling.
i stood there for what seemed an eternity
but more reasonably perhaps
was but only a few seconds
as she exited her dark abode
pausing at the frame.
she saw it spread before me
to the now mangled receptacle
clutched desperately in my balled up fist.
returning to the brackish boudoir she emerged
with a bag of her own
hastily packed with articles of clothing spilling out
in a rapacious cotton polyester blend rainbow
briskly cascading past me and out the front door.
i heard the ignition and felt the miles between us
i sat there in the mess
letting my heart tear open as well