By Val Haynes
An argument hardens
between the hush. And one
taunt from a dried-up throat waits
the fossil sets, the sticks-and-stones
already thrown, already air born
an unspoken damage
A promise can begin
with fluted crystal. And be smashed.
A marriage has other dictates
drains one party of its
singularity. Cannot be smashed
up. Bones are picked. Regurgitated.
Insults with its remembered master key
the skeletons revealed.
The ransacked closet drawers
rummaged through day after day
The scrutiny of and scrutiny of
And again the scrutiny of her every word and action
The bones splintering
Hairline fractures over and over
The beaten down batterer
born to be the joke of the boardroom
Atones with flowers to bed the mistress
Beneath some glacial rock
Val Haynes is a writer, actress and singer who is now a full-time student studying writing and journalism at the University of Albany. She has a CD called "Lonesome Val."