I don’t know why I was surprised every time love started or ended.
My first – age eighteen and doe-eyed for Billy who lived one farm over. We planned marriage after graduation, but in the fall of our senior year, Fay took him from me.
Next – Mr. Murrow, boss at the department store when I was 19. He made it his mission to have me. I didn’t mind him taking those pictures – until he sold them to Hustler.
I met Johnny after moving to New York City at age 21. He cleaned tables at a diner near the bus terminal. Johnny rocked my world and we moved in together. Soon Johnny had me doing special favors with men to help us pay the rent.
They always cried as the knife touched their necks.
Their last words were always, “I still love you.”
Merril is today’s host for dVerse. Merril says:
For today’s prompt, you must use the following line:
“I don’t know why I was surprised every time love started or ended.”
You are allowed to change the punctuation in the given line. This line comes from Jane Hirshfield’s poem, “I wanted to be surprised.” You can read the full poem here.