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Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1


Mid-life Crisis
Anthony Bowman


"I think I'm having a mid-life crisis."

My wife peers over her magazine, saying nothing, beads of sweat from the humidity on her forehead.

"I don't mean that I want to sleep with my secretary or anything."

Now she sets her magazine on the deck chair next to her — with a faint smile?

"What's the matter, Tony?" she asks.

"I feel trapped. I hate my job and I have so many things I WANT to do, but can't because of all the things I HAVE to do. I didn't imagine my life running the rat race."

Now I see the smile — not mocking, but something else.

"Is that why you want a Harley?"

I think for a moment.

"No, but I want to quit my job and move to the beach."

Now the smile breaks into full bloom. She stands and leans over and plants a warm, wet kiss on my lips.

"I love you," she says.

And with a sudden jolt, I remembered love.

orange daylilies
in the west thunder claps
then passes on.


Tony Bowman lives in Union Bridge, Maryland with his wife, four kids and five cats. He enjoys reading and writing haiku and other short poetry forms, long walks in the woods, fuzzy bunnies and . . . This is his first published work.