Bullet proof sandwich board love note

Long ago and far away

I discovered chiseled hieroglyphics

on cave walls by torchlight

that foretold the story of how we would meet

Then I drew our future with chalk

on your sidewalk so vividly that it was

erased by your father’s hose before April showers

could wash it past my house as a reminder

When you left for a while with no forwarding address

I made myself sympathy cards with

a watercolor set and number 2 pencil

on the backs of stapled-together losing lottery tickets

News of your impending return was scrawled

on backdated bank checks with invisible ink

that I read by midnight refrigerator light

surrounded by dead and dying St. Louis soldiers

Sitting in a backward tattered parlor chair

the date of your ultimate ‘I do’ was scratched

unceremoniously into my arm

above the fading tribute to my mother

by a burly bearded black gloved man

On our first anniversary I marched

in front of the house wearing nothing but a

sandwich board sign silver spray painted

with reasons why your love made me feel bulletproof

And before my final day with shaking hand but steady heart

I wrote you a final love letter with

a yellow highlighter because I needed you

to pay attention to every last word

Once home you retraced each sentence

with permanent ink and placed the note in your night table drawer

with all the others I’d written becoming

the final chapter in our written story

copyright 2013 Steven Harz

“Bullet proof sandwich board love note” is contained in my book ‘More Pennies Than Water’ available at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/More-Pennies-Than-Water-collection-ebook/dp/B00I55Y1K2

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