MAN MARRIES GUITAR, WIFE
THINKS HE'S CRAZY
| Actually, it's the acoustic bass she
thought he'd marry. The
instrument just a head shorter than he is, resting on
leg beside him, then drawn close to his body. Its fine,
polished wood is simply glowing. His head gently bends
over it, nodding, listening. The fingers of his left
firmly to its neck, while two fingers of his right hand,
two, stroke its deep, supple center. Her waist used
like that, before she had children. It was, more than
a mistake to say he couldn't practice in the house,
wanted the kids to concentrate on their homework.
|She wants a white rat or an ant farm
but instead she
gets a parakeet, various goldfish that she never
names, and a half-dead chameleon from the circus.
Her cousin wets the mouth of a fuzzy dog puppet
lying in a shoe box and insists he’s alive (proved
because he’s drinking, see)? This is before the
rabbit. Raisin, as they name him, is a black rabbit
another cousin needed for some science project, now
can’t keep. Two neighborhood boys come over just
to see him, then play catch with her. She learns a
girl two blocks away also has a rabbit, and they
share stories. The girl’s older, but nice to her.
dies. She takes a clear plastic shoebox, fills it with
water, and puts a red plastic duck inside, telling the
kids he has to be real because look, he’s swimming.
And they laugh at her.