Our contest asks each contestant to recall, or create a recent encounter with a past love, a lost love. Kathy Derengowski takes the occasion to regain her dignity after the humiliation of being left for another. It begs the question, is it easier to deal with the aftermath of leaving someone, or having been left by someone? Ahhh! The palliative effect of anger! For F. Scott Fitzgerald, living well may have been the best revenge, but for we mere mortals, a bit of I-toldya-so goes a long way. Ask Kathy.
by Kathy Lundy Derengowski
I was glad to hear you divorced.
Shameful I know it, but still
I longed to see your comeuppance
– as cast aside lovers will.
I have to admit that it cheered me a bit
to know that you made the wrong choice
what might have been a great sadness to you,
was reason for me to rejoice:
When did you start to argue and
when did she lose her luster?
When did she learn that your confidence
was only baloney and bluster?
Did you start to work more, and come home late,
did she notice your wandering eye?
Or was she the one, who was looking for fun
and realized that you weren’t that guy.?
Did one of you tire of fidelity,
did somebody’s feet start to itch?
or was it the shock of reality,
when you learned that it’s all bait and switch?
Were her parents too interfering
Did you spend too much time with the guys
did the things that were once so endearing
turn out to be nothing but lies.
I was glad to hear that you parted
from the woman who caused my heartbreak
for one of you made the decision
but both of you made a mistake.