stands as tall as any other book
on my shelf,
It's not mine.
I'm sure he has forgotten by now,
but I have not,
I do nothing about it.
I don't push the spine back into the darkness,
nor do I pull it out to read it.
For Christ's sake, I never even read
the goddamn book.
I remember he was dating my friend.
She has a 13 year old by another man.
It's been at least 15 years.
It will probably be another 15, or until
I pass away and then it will be my childrens' book
and they will be old enough to be parents themselves.
I know I will never return it,
I will never pull it from the shelf to read it,
I never gave it back.