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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Amazing Poem on Divorce

by my favorite...Maya Stein


Nothing is more or less important than this:

that first nudge we make toward the edge of the couch,

the door, the marriage, away from the old story

we can’t make fit anymore.

And then we slip into the larger mystery,

biting our nails all the while,

wondering if we’ve killed our chances for happiness,

if the people who love us most will understand the need

for this strange detour, if the answers will be any less

elusive, if the net underneath will fray and falter,

then disappear altogether,

if our hearts will suffer irreparable damage

from so much longing.

It doesn’t matter,

or it does. We will say it made all the difference,

or we will forget

it made any, because by then,

we will have already fallen.

We will have already saved ourselves.


Kelly said...

Wow, this is great!

Marion said...

It is a fabulous poem, Q. xo

Serena said...

Oh, I like that. So much.

Anonymous said...

A very powerful poem! And I think
there is also a lot between the lines.

Debby said...

The story hinted at is the story of us all. I remember how hard I tried to stay married. I struggled and felt like nothing. When it failed, finally, like a plane going down in flames, I walked away, burned. Now, all these years later, I think that if I'd have known what was waiting for me, I'd have run to it.

And it would have saved everyone such hurt.

Once more, my heart breaks a little.