BTW

I gawked at her nine mind years

hooked three heart weeks later btw

f’ed a year before the day btw

three dogs, no kids

but she can really cook

so we lived happy btw

friends, church, family, dogs, house,

night, day, time all slipped away btw

yes, we aged, grew old-er btw

fell into cancer,

bad weather, lost it all, but well insured btw

no perfect couple, marriage but still around btw

until our slow last gasp,

last glance in the sun’s cast btw

on our old back porch with no one