A story heard that must be told. I've taken on HIS sorrow as if it was mine. In reality I thank God this is not my life.


THE ENDING TIME


Seven o'clock.

Morning again! Must get up.
Big day today. Not a welcomed day though.
Who'd ever have thought this could be:
This day would come... could come?

Nine.

Coffee'd up and cases packed.
Just some space ready in my old rucksack
for the final fragments I'll take:
Bequeathed. Allowed. Given.

Ten.

The doorbell rings. It is her.
I fill her waiting trunk with my cases.
We are dancing around our loss -
My loss, her beginning.

Ten-thirty.

Reluctant, I climb the stairs
one last time - and I'm greeted by our two
fluffy feline purring babies
who slide against my legs.

Ten-forty.

I rise from the loving cats
and wipe away streaming tears on my sleeves.
My wife wraps her arms around me
and plants a kiss ckeekward.

Ten-forty-five.

I tuck the last two photos
in my rucksack, and through reluctant eyes
I look around at what was ours.
She says, 'It's time we left.'

Ten-fifty.

I bravely leave our flat for
one final sorrowful time. She drives me -
to the airport, from where I'll fly
away from married life.

Eleven.

Silence reigns inside her car
maintaining our amicability
it's best to gulp back my sorrow.
Leave - because I love her.

Eleven-thirty.

She holds my hand one last time,
gives it a gentle squeeze while looking down
at the floor, gets back in the Prius;
slinks into the haze of cars.

Twelve-ten.

In my seat: Row 3, window.
Climbing towards fresh white clouds of hope.
Below, the grey pain of betrayal -
being dumped for some new guy.

Two-twenty.

I'm a half-hour from parents,
Who'll be waiting at the terminal.
Back home to those who still love me,
and, thank God, always will.


Griffonner 2021




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Written on 2021-12-23 at 10:37

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one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
The wife's niceties make it that much harder, I would think.
2021-12-24


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
A sad tale told well. My own experiences tell me that the details ring true.
2021-12-23


AFRODITE STATHI The PoetBay support member heart!
This is so greatly written!!!Bravo!!!
2021-12-23