Curfew

Young man…

Let’s have a chat.

I understand you are taking her to the movies.

Fine.

You will drive at the speed limit.

You will operate the vehicle

with both hands on the wheel at all times.

You will consider her

precious cargo

You will be an absolute gentleman.

You will have her home by 11 o’clock

that would be

Post Meridian

P.M.

11:00 P.M.

It is currently

7:03 P.M.

I will await your return

on the front porch,

at which time you will produce

two ticket stubs with the current date.

There will be no tell-tale fragrance

on anyone’s breath

Should you fail to appear

at the appointed time–

should you not arrive here by 11:01

Post Meridian

I will call out the dogs

vicious foaming-at-the-mouth dogs

who trust me, mister

will follow your scent

with avenging zeal

And when the snarling beasts find you

and drag you back to my door

we will sit again

and have a chat.

Have a nice evening