SALLY K. LEHMAN

The Dissolution of Marriage Number One


The silences which were
Comforting once
Became stilted
And tense.  The calm voices
Quarrelsome
Loud and screeching.
Arms fell to the sides
Rather than find their
Way around another.  Lips
Lay silent
Unsmiling and still.
Lastly the thoughts
Turn.  From sweet
To temperate
To the dull monotone
Of day to day melancholy.
A higher happiness comes
From the successful
Shopping trip than from.
A sharper enjoyment from
The television monotony.
A keener feeling from
A good night's sleep.
The death knell can be
Heard if one but
Listens
Beyond the
Carelessness of the moment
2003 Sally K. Lehman

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