A married man chasing after
a single woman knows this stuff,
but you can read it in the news
just as well. The science of love
dictates the long unflinching gaze,
to snuggle without fidgeting,
find that vulnerable chink, and then
just do things together, new things.
So how to make it work after
you’ve already grown apart?
The halting holiday dinner
with the kids who’ve long since moved out,
the in-laws who remain polite
but an uncertain mystery,
the piecrust you want to praise,
but it depends on who made it.
Why can’t it be as simple as
the dog who snuffles at your hand,
then lays heavily on your feet
and insists on being petted?