The first day she spent just packing
using boxes, wood crates and bags
She cried herself to sleep that night
after addressing all the tags.
The second day the movers came
they collected all of her things
She went from room to room in tears
then she removed her wedding rings.
She placed them on the dresser top
the symbols of love they had shared
Then she put all her pain to sleep
for she knew he had never cared.
The third day, her last, was the best
soon he would bring his new love there
So, she feasted alone that night
dressed in a gown with upswept hair.
She sat at their dining table
it's surface a dark glossy wood
She dined on shrimp and caviar
and drank as much wine as she could.
When she'd finished with her last meal
she went quickly from room to room
She took left-overs from her feast
hollow curtain rods were their tomb.
She finished her task and was done
she tidied the kitchen and left
No note of good-bye did she leave
of love and emotion bereft.
Hubby then moved in his new love
all was bliss for a few short days
But a bad smell started forming
like fish as it rots and decays.
They searched for the cause of smell
that got worse as each day passed by
They could not find the source of it
nor could they find the reason why.
They paid a price to be rid of
this great stench that did permeate
The rooms were all scrubbed and rugs cleaned
but the smell had become their fate.
Never thought to check hollow rods
where the ex had left her last meal
They tried hard to unload this house
to no buyer could they appeal.
As the stench grew in magnitude
he moved his new love out with him
A sign up "For Sale" was their choice
though their chance of a sale was dim.
To the bank he went in great debt
so another home he could buy
The real estate had given up
on the house stinking heaven high!
She knew he would gladly now sell
the home where she'd had her last meal
So, she called him, and did offer
a price, that for her, was a steal.
He accepted her bid to buy
this house of great stench he would sell
To his ex, he felt no remorse
Though he knew it's true value well.
He thought that to unload this house
was what he had to do - not sin
Thinking that his ex knew nothing
of the state that the house was in.
So, she bought their home for a song
and he moved all his things right out
He was laughing and thought he'd won -
of that he had no such a doubt.
The papers were signed the next day
amid secret and knowing nods
But she smiled when she saw them take
all the curtains, and shrimp-filled rods...