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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Childhood Games for Grown-Up Days



Rock the boat
At your own risk;
The course of this relation-
Ship has hit a maelstrom,
An inescapable whirlpool
Of lies and misery.

Paper trails
Plot our journey
Through these rough waters,
Tender love letters
From the port of departure,
A marriage license
Once our voyage had truly begun,
Terse, angry missives
Intensifying with the swelling waves
Created in our personal hurricane,
Until the only action left
Is to drop anchor, take in the sails,
And end this expedition into chaos.

Scissors of sufficient strength
To sever the ties that bind
Me to this sinking vessel
Are best wielded
By a captain experienced
In navigating murky legal waters.

10 comments:

Fireblossom said...

I've made that voyage, and it isn't one for idle vacationers.

Mary said...

No, this game is definitely not a game for children!

Daydreamertoo said...

Aww... so sad when love ends, whatever the reason. Divorce isn't easy at all.
You captured it in such a clever way with the rock, scissors, paper game too.
Well penned.

Herotomost said...

Rock, paper scissors....now that is creative. A great comparison to relationship and all of its penchants and pitfalls. Never would have thought to use it this way, but damn....it does work. Great work.

Kerry O'Connor said...

How clever of your to think of the rock, paper, scissors trio! I think the final part tied up the other two very succinctly. Thank you for trying out the triptych idea on Real Toads.

hedgewitch said...

This really does have the feel of a triptych--a progression of events but also a picture of a single thing--excellent focus, and as others have said, the rock paper scissors is extremely original and counterpoints the loss of innocence

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, this is very cleverly done. I especially love the closing lines. Wonderful! Now I'd like to hear about the trip that FOLLOWED this one, hee hee! Bet it was happier!

Kay L. Davies said...

A sad subject handled in an imaginative and effective way, Mary. Brilliant of you. I like what you've done.
K

Ella said...

Sad, but so raw and true! I loved that you tied in rock, paper, scissors, so clever. I hope your journey now is filled with joy~

Dave King said...

If true, sad; either way, beautifully expressed.