The Arcane Art of Coupling
We devise rituals, more complex than any found in religion,
equally mysterious, especially because the rules are even more
Compliance with the other’s hidden dogma is rewarded, failure
triggers a different type of rite, no less baffling.
Some call it The Night of the Cold Shoulder.
Others know it by its antediluvian name:
Ish-panawath M’bleth! Loosely translated from Atlantean,
“Tonight your sorry ass sleeps on the couch!”
So mote it be…Amen…yes, dear. Resignation
and capitulation take many forms, but always we delight
in those sparkling moments when,
through some unforeseen conjunction of chance,
we get it right.
That is when the magic happens.