Zorba: Engagement

Bud and I
put on a party
for forty or fifty
graduate students
and their spouse/dates
and some faculty
in our small house
The living room was full
Side room too
Kitchen jammed
My bedroom and
our bathroom
were full
Bud’s room
at one point
Karen and I
went there
to be alone
so I could propose
(a second time)
and set a date
which I/we did
on Bud’s mattress
(sat flat on the floor)
with you wagging
and wuffling
(part woof part snuffle)
between us
You thought we 
were playing
a Big Game
and we were
And we have been
for almost a quarter century now
Eternity for all you know