My green-eyed first wife –
fiery temper and hair to match –
slid the wedding ring on my
Twisting on my knuckle, it
never left my hand. I grokked
with certainty borne from intuition
that BAD THINGS would happen
should that tri-colored gold band
leave my touch.
Years, a decade and change, passed
and one day I took it off and set it
on the bed beside me.
For two seconds I was fine, but then
I couldn’t breathe.
In a panic, I put the ring back on.
I put it on backwards.
BAD THINGS happened.
Weeks later, soul-weary and
tired of constant fighting
I remembered my
misstep and I
flipped the ring on my finger.
Things got better. But now I knew.
Like peeling blistered skin after a sunburn,
I couldn’t stop.
Flip. Fight. Flip. Make up.
Flip. Scream. Flip. Sweet nothings.
Flip. Slammed doors. Flip. Makeup sex.
I forgot which direction was safe and
which was dangerous.
That marriage – that ring – is gone now.
I’m married to a blonde angel now
with a temper as cool as her hair; who
loves me more than I deserve
and knows me better than I’d like.
From day one, I refused to let the
of the ring mar my new marriage.
I flipped it on my wedding night.
I flipped it the next day on my honeymoon.
I flip that ring every day,
it to curse me again.
Another decade has passed,
I flip my new ring daily.
And cringe a little each time.
— Ron Sparks
Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks

Science Fiction & Fantasy Author
Ron Sparks is a science fiction and fantasy author and poet. His book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" was recently published and is available on Amazon.com. For more info on Ron, see: https://www.ronsparks.com/about/
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