After the backaches and sprung
springs, after the tossing and turning,
the hours on the computer, searching,
the days rolling on different beds
which are really all the same beds
with different names in different stores,
after the comparing and the checking
one against the other, the merits
of this one versus that one, the price
points worth the difference (or not),
after the schmoozing and the angst
with the sales staff, the fear I’ve made
a bad deal, will regret it in a month
maybe two, I finally bought a bed.
Too bad I wasn’t this careful with the mate.
Dr. Barbra Nightingale has more than 200 poems in journals and anthologies. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Apalachee Review, The Mississippi Review, The Georgetown Review and others. Her book, Singing in the Key of L (1999) won the 1999 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Award.