Bleak Marriage

"Faults on Both Sides" by Thomas Faed 1861First 
you retreat 
behind the firewall
of your anger


Then
I'll sink in 
to the warm bath
of my depression


And together
we'll stagger towards 
our death do us part
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Author: Michele Seminara

Poet, critic and managing editor of Verity La creative arts journal. http://verityla.com/

38 thoughts on “Bleak Marriage”

  1. your poetry encapsulates it brilliantly. And what a tragic picture, the oceans of distance between them, the hopelessness on her face;the boredom and unconsciousness on his…the story of their marriage revealed in an instant of time
    who painted this sad little masterpiece, and what is its name????

  2. Hi Valerie, thanks, its “Faults on Both Sides” by Thomas Faed 1861 – good title, don’t you think? If you click on the image it will take you to a site that will tell you more about the artist.

    1. Thanks so much Thomas, and for the retweeting. Also for the education – as an English major I am ashamed to say I had to look up ekphrasis in order to discover that that was in fact what I had written! It’s a very cool word, I’m going to have to start using it, although it might be a little hard to work into general conversation…

      1. I stumbled across the word…probably on brainpickings.com…not sure. I am jealous of your ekphrasis since I’ve been looking for art to inspire some words in me. I’ll have to try harder.

      2. Don’t be jealous of my ekphrasis, my ekphrasis is a fraud! The words came first, and then the picture – there, I’ve said it! Just didn’t want everyone thinking I had a bleak marriage – which I don’t, but you know, we all have our moments, and this was one of mine. I ‘m not sure I could be inspired enough by a work of art either Thomas, writing seems to be a bit more internally inspired for me.

        Sent from my iPad

      3. Well, it’s still a wonderful poem, more so because it came from your honest feelings. I’m still going to try to add ekphrasis to my repertoire. We must keep growing. If I can respond to a work of art, I’ll be able to respond to other objects and circumstances better. Have a wonderful day, Michele.

  3. Your heart’s spirit sees deeply in words shared, and from all that you see the rhythms come, and your spirit disects the information, and delivers at different times the message you are moved to share. The spirit that He placed within you sees and knows alot…your messages are always on point. God bless dear sister you are always a joy to read!

  4. This is incredible, it reads how a failing relationship “feels.” Very true, after a while you absolutely are staggering toward the death do us part…part. *Siiigh* I also know this so intimately.

    You are such an incredible poet. It simply floors me.

    Do you like reading alot of poetry too?

    1. Hi Tanyeno, don’t worry, I think we have all experienced this one, perhaps many times! Thanks so much for coming back and reading more – I am a bit slow these days posting new poems, I need to be really happy with them first. I am reading a lot of poetry, although in the past I was more of a prose girl. It’s strange, about a year ago I just started feeling the need to read and write poetry – I think it’s because I’m getting older, and poetry seems to sing to the deepest things in life. Take care. x

      1. Hey Michele,

        Well…I’m glad you got a feeling to do so a year ago. I think we all are very happy. You tackle pretty deep subjects in a myriad of ways and I find your thinking around whatever you do, sears to the heart of the matter each time.

        It’s okay, you’re slow. πŸ™‚ I just love the poems, so of course you become ravenous, but I understand how you have to arrive at your subject then grow into it (sort of). πŸ™‚

        Take your time to find happiness with them, we’ll wait.

        I do have ‘some,’ patience. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        I tend to return to people’s writing I like and move through past stuff. I don’t want to miss anything. This is my television. My soul joy. πŸ™‚

        Take care. xo

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