Morning appointment


Waiting for the cab
to come to my house
I took off my gold wedding ring,
St. Christopher medal, watch
and placed them on the dresser
like the Al Pacino character
in “Donnie Brasco”
when he got the summons
shedding all of his jewelry
and laying out each item
quietly and deliberately on the dresser
he would not be coming back
at this insanely early morning hour
his wife was asleep
I would be coming back
he was going to meet some men
who would shoot him
and hack him to pieces
and bury the pieces
this is what was running
through my mind
as I waited for a cab
to take me to the hospital

Stuart Dodds

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