The Wisdom of Others
Concerning Marriage

"The bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husbandís bravery is only bravado, that his strength is only a uniform, that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool."

~~ Pearl S. Buck (1967)

"The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties."

~~ Oscar Wilde (1891)


Three of us, subtly lit in the flit
of a candle flame. One bottle
of hemp seed beer, chased down
and around the table by ontologies
on love, lust, and betrayal in a blackout.

He is young yet, disquieted.
A query in the dark is imminent.
His innocence irradiates the night
in place of wayward electricity Ė
Why do so many marriages disintegrate?

I defer to you, entertain the explanation:
wooden blocks of discontentment become
resentment; ennui forces one heart to rupture
and fall against the next -- accountability
dispensed with by pointing a finger
at the Domino Theory.

He takes this under advisement; you smoke;
I pour candle wax over my hand. One pain
fits all. You bring me a piece of ice. Lights flare.
The real wonder is so many of them donít, I dare,
the flicker before the bulb in a lamp explodes.

© 2000 MJM


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