Irreconcilable Differences

Could talk for lengthsabout manifolds,hydraulics – handsstained with grease And when I offeredcarefully manicuredheart, spoke wordsof togetherness Silence engulfed himducking beneath hoodwrench twisting –relationship vanished (Image mine)

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Not All Wins Are Monetary

Gambled late in life –one more spin on love’s wheel –we got lucky You’ll need protection,ego said,and led me down pathssoaked with yesterday’s tears-annoyances nipping at progress But I am strong-willedbetter than that,I said, choosing to followa different route The roulette wheel spinsand here I sit, alonecounting my wins No amount of bargainingcan alter current […]

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Love Keeps Pace

Anfractuous connotes splintered, yet you and I,never broken, dancea circuitous routelost in personal reveriesinterlocking threadssolid as the symbolsadorning ring fingers. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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Call It Denial

He polishes chromewhile she shuffles Tarot Luck temporarily suspended by edicts Life in limbo highlightsthe chasm – incommunicado They maintain distancechoking on tension Define this as home… (Image mine)

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Crazy-Making

Happiness, he says,is your responsibilityand then… If you love me enough…If you showed more appreciation…If you lost a little weight… and… Clearly, not my problem. Really? Is it always just me? (For Reena’s Exploration challenge #151: Is it always me? Image mine)

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Toxicity

Sold my soul for union – destruction built-in Narcissism is a bastard luxuriates in self-catering Did not anticipate loss – innocence slaughtered Force to grow sensibility don a tough shell – Would not let betrayal call me by name. It was not meandering that shredded my heart but the loss of a child caught in […]

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Window Cleaning

Married addiction adopted denial settled for basics Espoused spirituality ignored infidelity, pulled down the blinds. Believed compassion could compensate for indifference. Limited my outlook to windows, too insecure to de-smudge the pane. Missed the gaping doorways, the blatant rudeness of belligerent disrespect Till withdrawal prompted accountability, commanded ownership, changed the lock. (Image from personal collection.)

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Old Codgers

Idleness fills his hours as if time knows no limits I devour moments, afraid tomorrow will forget me we see-saw between treacherous righteousness and fusty avoidance ignoring balance – a sensible response. (Inspired by the perils of an aging marriage, and submitted for Ragtag Community’s prompt: ¬†fusty.) ¬†Image from personal collection.

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Love Matured

Words are leaves, poignantly bold when sprouted, destined to wither lose their hold – thank goodness our love is a trunk, solidly rooted, steadfast – no need for words.

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Black Hole

All relationships have walls, the therapist offered Walls, I could handle – build a ladder, scale – seems there was no help for the vortex that was our marriage – his narcissism a black hole that devoured my soul…. (For Reena’s Exploration challenge. Image credited NASA, BBC News.)

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