Oooh! I actually had something ready for this week's Poetry Thursday prompt. I started a true story series a while back, because sometimes truth can be stranger than fiction. This particular poem comes from a wire story from Associated Press (I think) and I've never forgotten it. It's still a work in progress, so feedback is appreciated.
Looking forward to reading your poems this week.
True Story #2: Devotion
To prove his fidelity,
a Filipino man cut off his penis
wrapped it in newspaper
and threw it through
the window of his wife’s parent’s home.
She opened the newspaper
and there it was:
soft, deflated, delicate.
In the center of her hands she could feel
He yelled to the balcony,
“There! So you will not suspect I am courting another girl,”
and then hobbled off into the night.
his shocked wife gave it to the police
who sought the help of an embalmer to preserve
the severed member until her husband could be found:
this marker of past glory,
an elegy for all that once was.