Lights Out Baby, It’s Quittin’ Time

Submitted by KC.

On our first date
you brought me a lamp.
Wow- that thing was ugly!
but, I loved it –
leopard print, tassels and all.

Its days were numbered.
My future was a catalogue
with purchases pre-circled
in thick red pen.
I knew my aesthetic
before I knew my cup size.
In my pre-shopped life
fringed animal print
just didn’t fit.

When you placed it
on that junk store counter-
When you met my horror
with that amused crinkle of a smile
I knew: this lamp
would end in a shattering explosion.
I could see it –
glorious in mid flight,
chord ripped from the wall , path locked
right on your smug fucking mouth

I was wrong
it seems:
about most things.

Our lamp died today.
You were watching TV,
I was reading,
it was light
it wasn’t.
No explosion,
no ominous electric crackle
a soft click –

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.

2 comments on “Lights Out Baby, It’s Quittin’ Time

  1. This is, in my view, a humorous, yet melancholy statement about the realities of a married/cohabitating way of life.

  2. Ha ha. Sounds like the lamp outlived the relationship, at least the happy part.

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