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Divorce Bard

Divorce Bard
pretty how town, USA
February 13
While the ashes of marriage #2 were cooling, I began a journal here in verse, to keep myself out of trouble. So far so good, and one day at a time. I took a hiatus this past January, and I missed it terribly. Writing daily had changed the way I think - not my opinions, but the process of thinking itself. So here I am back again, and hungry. I began with three rules: (1) Iambic pentameter, (2) Perfect rhyme, and (3) It had to be true (no hyperbole). I hereby amend rule number 3: If I'm writing about myself, yes, it has to be true. But it doesn't, if I want to tell a story.


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FEBRUARY 23, 2010 8:46PM

Something New. Tuesday Jan 19, 2010

So lately when She calls, She has a question.
(I wonder if it's somebody's suggestion --
It isn't something that She used to do)
She calls, I answer.  She says, "How are you?"
That She would ask the question means a lot,
Because I swear for ages, She did not.
These second-nature gestures in our hearin… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2010 8:17PM

No Answer. Monday Jan 18, 2010

An irony of English makes "alone"
A well-positioned rhyme for "telephone".
And so it was today at 3 o'clock:
I sat and waited for the kids to knock,
And no one did.  And so I waited more,
And no one did at quarter after four.
So several times I tried to make a call,
To keep myself from… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2010 7:08PM

Adjusting. Sunday Jan 17, 2010

She took our daughter out to the ballet.
I had my son the best part of the day.
They picked him up a little while ago,
While coming home from dinner and the show.
It's funny, but tonight it hurts me less
To turn around, and see the emptiness.
The day was really perfect, all in all,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 22, 2010 8:07AM

Ikea #1. Saturday Jan 16, 2010

Today we went to look for an idea
For bathroom curtains.  Where else but Ikea.
The kids tried out innumerable slouches
On single beds and chairs and sleeper couches.
My son could pick up goods from every shore,
And throw them high, and drop them on the floor.
I took a look at several chests of drawers… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 11:34PM

Routine. Friday Jan 15, 2010

Another day another nothing new.
I had the kids an hour, maybe two.
I do my best to keep from getting bitter,
But now and then I'm just a baby sitter.
We take our little walk, we have a snack,
We do their homework, then I give them back.

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 10:33PM

Late Night. Thursday Jan 14, 2010

Tonight I have some work still left to do.
The kids have both gone home to you-know-who,
Who's busy with her travel preparations.
(This means I get some extra visitations.)
Tomorrow, then, I'll likely be a wreck:
I have to spend the whole night on a spec.

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 9:20PM

Homework. Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

My daughter spent the afternoon with me.
I picked her up a little after three,
When school let out.  She has a project due.
These are the things I like to see her through.
Her homework offers riches I can give,
Day in, day out, ignoring that I live
Apart from her.  No Santa claus can be
What… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:50PM

Not in the Kitchen! Tuesday Jan 12, 2010

He's young enough, a challenge to his eyes
Distinguishing two things alike in hue
Is nothing to him.  Colors telling lies
In cascade, toss and bounce, and one and two
And green on green.  Mouth open, taking air,
But tasting only motion,  scribing arcs
From wall to floor to hand, and tossing… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:49PM

Blank. Monday Jan 11, 2010

Enough.  I sit here staring at the screen.
I'm just too tired tonight to vent my spleen. Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:47PM

Day's End. Sunday Jan 10, 2010

All day with both the kids restricts my writing,
With so much time used up preventing fighting.
We all survived today to live another.
But that I have to give up to their mother.

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:44PM

HMO. Saturday Jan 9, 2010

Just when I'm switching medical insurance,
I have an inconvenient recurrence
Of something on my back.  It hurts like hell,
And I don't understand it very well.
("Sebaceous cysts can sometimes get inflamed,
And follicles are usually blamed.")
But here is my impractical position:
I never chose a primary… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:42PM

Forgot. Friday Jan 8, 2010

Well OOPS, it's almost time to go to bed.
I nearly left a whole day's thoughts unsaid.

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:40PM

Distraction. Thursday Jan 7, 2010

This morning I began a little late --
I didn't start my run till after eight.
And then I saw how many clothes were dirty
So laundry took another hour thirty.
I just sat down, and now it's after ten.
I need some tea -- I get back up again.
And while I'm walking back into… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:37PM

Ticket. Wednesday Jan 6, 2010

Today I'm on my way to traffic court.
It's just a little summons - not the sort
Of thing where you'd expect a vicious tort,
Like failing to comply with child support.
The judge is known, however, to resort
To rant-and-raving from his little fort,
While selling off indulgence by the quart.
Repeat offenders a… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:20PM

Target. Tuesday Jan 5, 2010

I'm shopping now at Target's clearance racks
To cope with certain economic facts:
I can't afford to buy a pair of pants.
That is my situation at a glance.
And sniping at the hope that things improve
Is fear that She will just pick up and move,
A traffic ticket that the court requires
Be paid off b… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 8:16PM

Holiday Memories. Monday Jan 4, 2010

I'm worried I'll run out of things to say.
There's only so much I can rhyme with "day".
If I want ways of showing off my pique,
I'll have to get to work on my technique.

On Thursday night She travels out of town.
She'll be there up until the sun goes down
On Sunday.  I'll… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 7:59PM

Stumbling. Sunday Jan 3, 2010

I just can't think of anything to say.
My thoughts are cluttered by the day to day.
There's nothing coming - no idea in sight --
No subject, theme, or metered line to write.
At least I didn't say all this in prose.
I needn't worry too much, I suppose.

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 1:22AM

Morning. Saturday Jan 2, 2010

My Former had a yoga class this morning.
She sent a note to me last night for warning,
And asked if I could take the kids at eight --
The class is new to her, she can't be late.
So here I am.  The kids are still asleep.
Whatever plans I had for them will keep.
And… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2010 1:17AM

Laundry. Friday Jan 1, 2010

I started out the morning doing laundry,
Thus obviating one recurring quandary,
Of what to do on days without the kids.
'Cuz no one's putting out competing bids
For company.  If I don't make the call,
There's nobody to play with now, at all. Read full post »