'Rondeau Redouble' by Phil Burton

A woman is never a man’s best friend.
She will always embrace the same subtext –
an affair in the air, how it will end.
A dog is a mate. A woman affects

to confide in a guy, but all is vexed
by ulterior scheming. Quick to offend
when his mind is elsewhere, she casts the hex -
a woman is never a man’s best friend.

Her shrewd mind cannot rest, will always tend
to find a fault with sport, to seize the next
good goal-mouth incident your ear to bend.
She will always embrace the same subtext

of neglect (of her, by you) Why no sex?
This bothers her. He sublimates. He sends
no token of love to confirm, reject,
an affair in the air, how it will end -

so she will growl that she cannot depend
any more on chummy charm and your treks
in passionless logic. Do you intend…?
A dog is a mate. A woman affects

to want to know where she stands, and detects
no irony in the phrase. I append,
…on a limb. All comradeship she rejects -
prefers the break to the generous mend.
A woman is never a man.

© Phil Burton 2005

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