There is an advantage for video widows
and widowers with spouses fast glued
to matches and games and olympiads
shown live and replayed on the tube.
While watchers' eyes glaze
and their beers get lukewarm
and the day passes swift into night:
go to lunch, take a walk, swim a mile, call a friend, read a book,
take a tour, see the sights.
Put on your freedom,
be glad for the space
to do as you wish for a while;
he'll never know and she'll never know
why you wear that M. Lisa-like smile!
He's so engrossed,
and she's so engrossed,
they won't even know
you weren't there, but
you won't be carping
at time they've been wasting--
you're productively out of the rut.
The next time you speak
(somewhat grayer but happy),
remember how much you got done;
catch your partner off guard
with a hug and a kiss,
and avow TV sports can be fun.
August 1, 1984