Pet Shop Blues

Frankie had the capacity to love and be loved but he chose not to. He’d done it once before and couldn’t go through it again.

195 goldfish 45249Strumming his guitar, he pulled the pencil from his mouth and made tweaks to the sheet music in front of him. He looked at the computer on the other side of the room, and sighed. The folder of blues songs he’d recorded the day before, the file of sheet music propped up by the printer. He knew it would all end up in the recycle bin.

“Her heart was black,” he started to sing, strumming a few cords. “She wanted me back.” He shook his head.

“I had to say no, to let her go.”

Frankie put the guitar down on the seat beside him, ripped the page out of the book, screwed it up and threw it into the tall bin he used for paper recycling.

Losing yet another family pet had been the final straw. “Nameless goldfish from now on,” he said, then picked up the guitar.


Dedicated to Jane Risdon. 🙂

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