This is song #8 for November 8, inspired by a billboard I saw along the 15 freeway. Hope you like it.
YOU CAN DIE OF STUBBORNNESS
by Pam Bowen
I wrote your doctor appointment on the calendar page,
But when I looked the next day, it was erased.
I hung your helmet on the handle bars—you couldn’t miss it.
When you rode out it was on the garage floor where you left it.
HONEY, PLEASE STOP SAYING NO
AND START SAYING YES,
CUZ BABE YOU HAVE TO KNOW
YOU CAN DIE OF STUBBORNNESS.
I got you some stop-smoking patches at the store,
But you returned them for a case of Marlboros.
I cooked you a plate of veggies and a small, lean steak,
But afterwards you went out for french fries and a shake.
You’re my man, you are my lover,
You need to believe me.
My life depends upon you,
And I don’t want you to leave me.
© Pamella M. Bowen