Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Common Law

She never said yes.
She never said no.
She can't remember the Friday
he didn't go home
and didn't go home
and didn't go home,
didn't go -

common law wedding.

No flowers, no dress,
just a long drawn out mess.
What's hers.
What's his.
What's theirs.
Leave the rest.
Leave the rest,
leave the rest,
leave the rest,
leave the rest,
just leave -

common law divorce.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads


Sylvia K said...

Ah, sad, but true and no one says it better!! Hope your week is going well!!

Susan said...

I believe whole worlds come together and come apart every day through these very words.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Yep! Quite the exact description here.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Quite a powerful piece!
Beautifully penned :)

Anonymous said...

so effective MZ with the repetition of days, and days, and more days unfolding unbidden, unwanted. well done!

brudberg said...

The first stanza brings Bruce Springsteen's the River to mind.. the second stanza is the likely conclusion that Bruce never wrote..

Manicddaily said...

Very hard to leave--very hard to give it a rest. Well done. k.

Anonymous said...

The worst is when children are involved.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

This could be a Brandy Clark song, and by that I mean it's excellent.

De said...

All too common, that's for sure.
Well spilled.

Sioux said...

This probably happens oh so often...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I guess so. I would have liked to have tried it, as more in line with my principles — but all my husbands insisted on marriage! Probably the divorces are just as painful either way ... and the widowhood.

Gail said...

Truth is never ugly when you write it.

Fireblossom said...

Ugh. Not your poem, but the situation it describes.

Marian said...

Ohhhh, a bit close to bone. I had one of those. Still feel it. Yikes

Wolfsrosebud said...

you captured the frizzy of it all

Lolamouse said...

If you fail to pilot your own ship, don't be surprised in what inappropriate waters you find yourself!