This is the sort of email a married couple made up of English professors send each other– specifically, my literary wife to me Wednesday. In this poem/note, “man cave” refers to the basement, which also serves as my sprawling office/headquarters. “Electric guitar” is an item I often add to lists Annette is putting together, inspired by some friends from the past who used to do something similar.


This is just to say
that I have taken the last
can of tomatoes.

They were sitting,
atop a pile of paper
on the ping-pong table
in your man cave.

You were perhaps
saving them for dinner tonight,
or reminding yourself
to make a shopping list:

electric guitar . . .

And yes, finally, yes
a Costco trip is in order.
this Saturday.

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5 Responses to matoes

  1. Krista says:

    Wow. Love the lovely Annette.

  2. that is hilarious.

    attn Annette: my Mike also has a “man-cave.” but thanks to IKEA, i am prettying it up w/ attractive storage bins and candles. just a thought ;)

  3. billhd says:

    Ah yes, Fall in Michigan, when a smitten couple’s thoughts turn to Costco..

  4. “Man Cave” was a term invented by the HGTV Network. Find out the real deal at

    Be A Man.

    – The Founding Father

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