Monday, 9 December 2013


How did you find your feelings
after the marriage broke down
with your vows long forgotten
when the house and the cars and the cottage
came to claim more meaning
than the last thirty years and the kids
growing up and the dogs and the pups,
long rides in the car in warm summer nights
the windows all down and her feet on your lap,
her hair blowing wild and free.

How in God's name could you watch it all fail,
like the plate glass window after the bullet
with thick bands of tape holding it up
until the window guys came.
How in the hell could you 
keep it together.

You managed, but now,
your soul's in three pieces and
you sit on the street with your 
head in your knees.
Your house is empty and
the lights are turned off.
I hear you cough and
I want to go down 
to see you again
but then
I decide, it's all too much for me.


  1. So powerful, Ron. I loved the laundry list of what the last 30 years had brought.
    And, isn't it true that often other people's troubles and sorrows are too much for us to bear.

    Thank you for this. xoA

  2. Ohmigawsh. Beautifully crafted and with so much emotion. Wow wow wow.