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Glancing Back At Never - Poem by Sarah Cohen

I recognized signs. Green skies and still air.
You stopped saying I love you before I went to bed, just before I left you to do whatever you did while I slept.
But I was surprised when the tornado touched. It so long hovered above us.
The last time it twisted through our home, you, your lover and our money swirling through the air as you grabbed all you could, and tossed me outside to fly and fall to a hard landing.
God Himself gave me shatterproof bones, which you both depended on and took for granted. God gives everyone something.
I rose and sought out my children, surprised at how unruffled the young can be in the middle of catastrophe, knowing only that they want to join their friends playing next door.
I sought you out too, though defeated by your desire for fun, and despite kicking now and then, loved you as I might a broken shoe without questioning whether it was worth wearing, my love as maddeningly sturdy as the rest of me.
We carried on.
I swallowed your selfishness. I swallowed your girlfriends', too, for this simple love, love I couldn't help or stop, the love I might feel for a big eyed dog that lifts its leg to piss on my pillow.
No apologies from you or your chubby lovers. You even twisted the narrative, putting my anger in the center, those few kicks, so that you could still be the sweet guy to your buddies. You took my martyrdom.
And I carried on with this stupid love, durable as ever, through hurt, anger, grief, insanity, scrubbing toilets, your rotting teeth and taking the children for pizza.
A dozen years passed. Seemingly impossible but easier than your parting.
My clean pillow now saddens me. No thoughtless companion even to joke as I sputter on his pee.
You were the only person I forgave though I did only to endure you.
You're somewhere else, never again with me, while I trudge alone through winter's landscapes.


Comments about Glancing Back At Never by Sarah Cohen

  • Gold Star - 9,424 Points Khairul Ahsan (1/31/2015 11:04:00 AM)

    This is your maiden poem on this site and it is filled with poignant emotions. The last two lines are very touchy. I am moved! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Narrative

  1. 1. Glancing Back At Never , Sarah Cohen
  2. 2. Eternity By And By , Obed Akuma
  3. 3. The Letter (Iii) , Jacqui Thewless
  4. 4. You Can Go Now , Dick Holmes
  5. 5. Give Or Take A Metre , John D. Farley
  6. 6. Radical Hours Of Mothers , Ryan Eisele
  7. 7. Preservation , Fleur Jones
  8. 8. Love , Hayley Lewis
  9. 9. Move , Soumita Sarkar Ray
  10. 10. America 101 , Curtisj Johnson
  11. 11. Endless End , Udaya R. Tennakoon
  12. 12. Dog Days , michael hogan
  13. 13. The Stone Pickers (A Conversation With .. , Patrick Lodge
  14. 14. Athens Shall Burn For The 3rd Time , Joseph DeMarco
  15. 15. Jack Brabham , Ron Price
  16. 16. The Day We Said Goodbye , Emelita C. Smith
  17. 17. Na Tian Piet's Sha'Er Of The Late Sultan.. , T (no first name) Wignesan
  18. 18. What Is Left Unsaid , Josephine Collett
  19. 19. Matrix , Sudeep Sen
  20. 20. Romancing In Dispair , Norden Lama
  21. 21. The Paradox Of The Jewish Youth , Hannington Mumo
  22. 22. From Malady To Remedy , Ali Rahimi
  23. 23. Shahid, Come And Witness , feroz rather
  24. 24. The World Series Of Poker , David Floren
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