Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Community Property

I tried to divorce myself,
but it didn't work out.
Myself and I couldn't agree
on who would take what.

Neither of us wanted our house,
our dilapidated old body of a house.
It's falling down,
the maintenance costs are outrageous,
and even the homeless think it lacks curb appeal.
No takers.

Neither of us wanted custody of our two children,
Obsessive and Compulsive.
Both of us were all too willing to settle
for very limited visitation.

And, our little dog, Neurosis?
He was headed for the shelter,
poor thing.

But, myself and I ended up staying together.
For better or worse,
we are bound forever -
oh, not by love,
but by the shit we share
that we're not willing to own
alone.

For Open Link Night at dVerse

39 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Hmmmmm I think I know her!!!

anthonynorth said...

Of two minds. Great write.

Yousei Hime said...

I suspect many of us will feel liking we are reading a bit out of our diary. Always enjoy my visits, even when the writing is a little to close to home. ;)

Wolfsrosebud said...

.... sweet, maybe you should go into marriage counseling

Brian Miller said...

all the stuff we are unwilling to own our own....yeah those kids are tough...ha...interesting approach to this mz...this would make for interesting reading in a psychology class too...

Marina Sofia said...

Interesting, witty, clever. I liked it a lot!

Fifafan said...

This is a great poem. The way you've captured the feelings of both sides of the subject. Nice work!

Mary said...

Oh this made me laugh. Divorcing oneself might often seem a good solution. If only.......

Alex Dissing said...

As a psychology major I love this one! There's certainly a dichotomy in all of us. You expressed yours well. & I have to admit, some of these lines had me literally laughing out loud in the library.

awakenedwords said...

I am always blown away by your opening lines...every time.

cloudfactor5 said...

Really clever, this line had me chuckling:
"and even the homeless think it lacks curb appeal."
loved the ending ! You sure your not a Gemini?

quietdaemon said...

The last lines clinched it for me. I often feel like I have several selves to contend with, but all of my "me's" have to share in the ownership of my life, or else it all unravels. Playful and insightful piece.
Gene

ayala said...

An awesome and interesting write!

jasmine calyx said...

Dang, yo; this is awesome:
"oh, not by love,
but by the shit we share
that we're not willing to own
alone"

"even the homeless think it lacks curb appeal" :)

mrs mediocrity said...

love love love this, a great concept and you wrote it to perfection!

Gretchen Leary said...

Creative thought process here. The thought "you cannot escape yourself" came to mind.

hedgewitch said...

I've always said, there's nothing messier than divorce, except staying married. I think you proved my point here.

Gail said...

Fantastic!!!

Grandmother said...

Very clever and recognizably true.

Sioux said...

Mama Zen--I think this poem should be hung in therapists' offices.

It is brilliant and oh-so-true.

lori mcclure said...

You always have a way of making even the darkest of thoughts and emotions amusing. It's what I enjoy most about what you do :)

Other Mary said...

Love it!

Claudia said...

ha...carrying the shit together is not a bad thing at all...rather interesting read..i like the idea and yeah..we're bound to stay with us, no matter what comes..

my heart's love songs said...

love, Love, LOVE this, MZ! too clever for words!

Susie Clevenger said...

A poetic tribute to all the shit one must share with self...love it!!

Fred Rutherford said...

terrific. who doesn't think of divorcing oneself once in a while:) love the way you brought this out and had fun in doing it at your own expense. Brilliant lines about the house. Great write, really enjoyed this a lot. Thanks

Fireblossom said...

"and even the homeless think it lacks curb appeal."

Hi, Gorgeous! I love it when you make up outrageous random bullshit out of whole cloth!

Kerry O'Connor said...

What an extended metaphor! This blows me out the water. And it works both ways to look at one's relationship with self, and how marriage often transpires. Excellent.

Laurie Kolp said...

LOL- bound by the shit we share... I can relate!

Myrna R. said...

Ha. This def made me laugh. Thank you. I love it. There are days I'd like to divorce myself too. Believe me this house is falling.

Margaret said...

Can't shed the skin, even if you try. Ha, this is an intimate little piece that I'm sure most can relate to in some way.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Brilliant poem, esp the implication that these things are held onto voluntarily. Great imagery throughout and I liked the pace. Love love loved this.

Kim Nelson said...

... or part with! Hilarious, and so truth-filled. Another gem, MZ!

marousia said...

Excellent writing as ever

Manicddaily said...

Just terrific. Really clever. Mordantly true. Agh. Maybe your compulsive and obsessive want a play date with mine? Only mine are too paranoid! Ha.

Thanks. k.

Ella said...

I love it, half of me laughed, the other half smacked herself and said,
"You need to clean you your shit, stop laughing!"

Fun and true!
Well Done <3 it

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Carrie Burtt said...

I love love love love this!!!!

Unfettered BS said...

I love what you wrote, how you wrote it and that you are brave enough to share it.