He sat there while

He sat there while

she described how to

give the dog its medicine.

Her eyes rolling as

she aggressively pointed to

the can of dog food,

as if he were the sick dog.

It wasn’t always like this.

He remembered 

lying next to her for 

the first time.

Her hair covering half her

face and the arch

of her smile.

And with a feeling of defeat

and longing,

he spooned dog food on

his hand,

hid a pill inside,

and watched the dog

lick it all away.




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