The other woman.

It was a lacklustre marriage

A bouquet of flowers on a spring day

Followed by shortcomings and oversights.

“I don’t hound you Joyce…What do you mean

I am the perfect gent, always there to stand at your side.”

I wanted a man not a dog.

 

He had carried me across the threshold

Love danced in his eyes-It was a breath-taking moment of becoming

Then the colour of roses faded

His skin lost the scent of sandalwood

And we were dead in the water, his love had shifted upstream.

 

She had crystal blue eyes and a wanton smile

He was mesmerised by her moodiness

She pulled him in with her powerful and ardent amour

and summoned his presence on a platter of platitudes

Served with a side order of shipwrecked marriage.

 

It was a lacklustre marriage

Followed by shortcomings and oversights.

He had carried me across the threshold

before the colour of roses faded

And his love went astray.

 

©Alison Jean Hankinson

 

This is for d’Verse.

 

 

Author: alisonhankinson

I am a school teacher and a mum and a red cosmic skywalker, and sometimes a netball coach...but beneath it all I am a writer...

15 thoughts on “The other woman.”

  1. I was hoping someone would choose this image. The repetition is very effective….and some of the images so so visceral: scent of sandalwood, “And we were dead in the water, his love had shifted upstream.”
    And the platter of platitudes.
    A sad story you’ve writ here….written very very well.

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  2. I love the way you got into both characters in the image, Alison, and gave them distinct personalities in their lacklustre marriage. I especially like:
    ‘Then the colour of roses faded
    His skin lost the scent of sandalwood
    And we were dead in the water, his love had shifted upstream’.

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  3. ‘She pulled him in with her powerful and ardent amour

    and summoned his presence on a platter of platitudes

    Served with a side order of shipwrecked marriage.’

    Love this poem, Allison. Agree with others that the repetition worked quite well.

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