Easy Lovers / Retired Cigars

By Isabel Loren


It was easy for him
To say “I love you”
Because there was
Nothing to hate
(about her).


She got him to stop smoking,
She was patient;
Never yelled at him.
She was nothing like his mother.


What he didn’t know,
(and probably wouldn’t
Love about her)
Is that she asks
The dizzy ponds
And ditzy moonshine within
For some light in her life.


When she stole her husband’s
Car in the middle
of the night,
She would sit on the hood
And ask the ditzy moonshine
If the light went
through her entirely.


She saw her husband
As a bank.
And when the hours were shuteye,
She allowed herself
To be the woman he hated.