were you?

you both WERE in love…then

made vows before (witless) witnesses to

foot washing with ice water (frozen heart…hidden feat)

no one spoke against your onion

(later revealing layers of stink)

i was happy for you, me, all of us as our family grew by one – won!

first daughter-in-love, my friend;  later by three (really grand) babies

but marriage (on a lease)


i can’t make sense of… how? why? mutually exclusive/abusive truth?

untreated mental illness maybe, but who of us isn’t crazy?

too much loose talk creates looney ‘toons (LIVE!)

money-hungry maven (& lawyers) leave husband homeless

he’d rather be trucking anyway

any day divorce. will. be.


broken homes – bleeding hearts = shared misery

we all fail each other excruciatingly (like torn parachutes)

relationships nullified or replaced

you rejected him…

and me.


Linking to dVerse where Bjorn challenges us to meet the bar with dissonance…i get the theme if not the form.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. janicead
    Jun 05, 2022 @ 11:42:47

    Likewise, our extended family has experienced this pain all too often. May you find comfort in this time of grief and loss. There are times the loss is more difficult that the death of our parents.


    • lynn__
      Jun 05, 2022 @ 12:49:35

      Yes, it feels that way to me…the relationship is really never over because the children still connect you. I appreciate your kind words.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 05, 2022 @ 11:02:20

    The dissonance of a couple can often ripple across families… alas


  3. Laura Bloomsbury
    Jun 05, 2022 @ 04:37:37

    such a lot of feelings carried here and dissonance the perfect receptacle for a “marriage (on a lease)
    a sad indictment, Lynn


  4. Grace
    Jun 04, 2022 @ 16:41:10

    How sad and heart breaking is this ending. Good dissonance poem Lynn.


  5. memadtwo
    Jun 04, 2022 @ 13:49:41

    Heartbreaking. We fail each other far too often. (K)


  6. rothpoetry
    Jun 04, 2022 @ 10:20:30

    You really nailed this one, Lynne. Seems to happen all too often. Well done.


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