Psyche Talks to Cupid on a Wood Bench
Along Leona Canyon Trail,
miner’s lettuce just beginning
to surface above the leaf mulch,
I wonder, Cupid, where you've flown to
with your strong white wings,
leaving me to watch television?
Maybe you’d planned to ditch me
all along, never getting close,
appearing only as a shadow.
Why else would you never eat breakfast,
go for a walk, dig in the garden,
do things married people do together?
Maybe it was your way of protecting me
so I wouldn’t have memories
to draw inside my blanket.
It worked too well.
I still want
what I can't have.
Maybe you and my parents,
who stormed off so many years ago,
were in cahoots.
So I ask,
what would you have me do?
I hear the burble of an approaching spring.