she had three lovers

one an X

long left behind

still pursues her

in unwanted ways

with tawdry gifts

and vigilance

the second

most recently discarded

barely acknowledges her

altho she graced his bed

for over a year

and cares no more

if he ever did

the third and last?

the most valued

makes plans for christmas

to be with her

he cares so much

then makes plans

to be with others instead

forgets her birthday

despite asking some days before

"when is it is again?

so i can send you flowers

or a card"

the moral to this

three lovers

are not better

than one

by eileen