Waiting Time

by Hal Sirowitz

"It is bad manners to begin courting a widow before she gets home from the funeral."-- Seumas MacManus

I'D WAIT. My therapist told me
if a relationship lasted six years,
it takes the survivor half that time
to recuperate. You'd figure they
knew each other before marriage,
so that adds to more waiting time.
I wouldn't call it bad manners, but
more like self-destructive behavior
to be courting a new widow. Haven't
you heard the expression, "There are
other fish in the sea?" Why don't you
try marlin? The taste may be more
to your liking, and all you're left
with are bones, not bad karma.

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