It was the shattering of glass,
And the stain of wine on her hands
That beckoned our leaving.
Open wounds laid out on the carpet.
Pitch dark, blue-black love
As a stigmata on our palms.
Fermentation and condensation
Served a dripping eulogy to our
Conversations as the bottle wept.
What a pity to see it
Left out to become vinegar,
And leave a bitter taste on our tongues.
We blame our mothers, and savor
The memories of their wrongs.
Woe unto us, double-crossing
Ourselves, and seeing the blood
Dripping from her talons.
We abandon, as we have been abandoned.
Our mouths too thick for excuses.