A Stale Marriage
A Stale Marriage

A Stale Marriage

I wrote this poem about a fictional stale marriage using inspiration from a Creative Collaboration. I posted on Facebook: “Look to your right, what do you see?” All answers to the question are formatted in the poem like *this*, and I wrote the poem within the goal of an hour.

A Stale Marriage

Me
Stuck between *dirty dishes
A red bed pillow
And the wall*

*My husband
Watching stupid cat videos*
On his *insidious device*
Quite mindlessly

Our love
Wilting away slowly
Like a neglected *balloon
After Valentine’s Day*

Me
Craving something more
Like *a cup of tea
And an old fashioned glazed donut*

*My cat
Next to me in bed
Where he isn’t supposed to be
Licking his balls*

Our *black Labrador*
Licking the *plate with taco crumbs*
And the *empty salad bowl*
From last night

Me
Drinking from my *Starbucks cup*
Disappointed by yet another
*Cold cup of coffee*

My passion
Stored within the *jars of glass frit*
As neglected as
Our *dusty box fan*

Our purpose
Reduced down to complacency
Relying on *Clorox disinfecting wipes*
To foster a fresh clean start

Me
Grabbing my *laptop
Precariously balanced on
An egg carton*

*My Master’s Degree*
Buried in a *leather backpack*
Amidst *piles of paperwork*
Waiting to be remembered

Our lives
Feel as significant as
*Our Funko Figurine of John Lennon
From Yellow Submarine*

Me
With years of *ignoring
The outdoors taunting me*
Suddenly inspired

My *computer mouse*
Quietly maps an escape
Using the metaphorical *Sharpie*
To mark a permanent change

Our old *foam sleeping pad*
Once used for anniversary campouts
Will soon become
My new source of comfort

Me
Excited.

My husband
Unaware.

Our marriage
Needs to change.

 

More Poetry by Just Simply Alice

Previous poem: 2017 Women’s March

More Creative Collaborations by Just Simply Alice

Previous collaboration: Amy’s Work Life Imbalance

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Richard

    I really like the structure you’ve used to tell a story with “found objects”.

    1. Just Simply Alice

      Thanks! In the beginning phases of rearranging the list of answers, I remembered the play ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Miller’s use of materialism; how we try to make our things represent our legacy, when sometimes they simply represent our own disconnection and potential demise.

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