The Ring

What does this new scrap of metal hugging my finger mean?

does it mean I won’t be passed by or forgotten?

does it mean, as it has throughout history

that I am his property?

am I a whole awaiting division

or a half with potential for multiplication

and why does it mean so much to me?

I have proven I dont need the partnership

of him sweeping the rug

while I wash the dishes

and I’m more than happy to double the attention

I lavish on our dog in his absence

but why did I need to prove I didn’t need his partnership

before I accepted?

it is pretty and I can’t stop looking

at my finger encircled by it

is that the appeal? the encirclement?

is it less about having a partner

and more about having a family

intertwined with unconditional

steel hardy lasting?

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