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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Rage as Catalyst

This rage – this storm, waves crashing against walls impenetrable I am ice, unforgiving, unrepentant, wounded thrashing against a beast unwittingly played by you We freeze. I’ve come undone; you are battered. It is irreparable absolute until one of us shifts, and fear surges, unleashing tears and transformation.

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A Bee’s Perspective

A bee, caught in a violent draught, collides with woman her body a salty concrete wall of frenzy, she is rigid, obsessed, unspoken rage emanating from her pores – a gale force spiral, woman-made vortex threatening the sanctity of her contrived domesticity Normally, she would swat at him – is aware of the potential for […]

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Ode To The Road

A kettle over boiled will put him in a snit Leaving a light on, a sin I often commit. He forgets the garbage leaves it in public sight likes clutter around him causes me such fright. Annoyances are doubled when living in tiny space yet never will they overtake the magic of this chase… For […]

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