Treasure Island

Elena Plotkin


It's a very old and well known story,
One of no hope and even less glory.
Boy meets girl and does the right thing,
he goes out and buys her a diamond ring.
Years go by and for a while it's swell.
then suddenly life turns to a living hell.
A call to a friend who knows a lawyer,
one that easily smells blood in the water.
Over dinner and a glass of red wine,
one of them recites the tell-tale line:
'I'm sorry but I want a divorce! '
translation 'My kingdom for a horse! '
When two hearts no longer beat as one,
they must destroy all that they've done.
the life and family that they have built
is ill-equipped to survive hate and guilt.
Alimony, child custody, and lawyer's fees,
now must be the couple's only priorities.
And when the ink is dry and it is final,
A divorce rarely leads to love's revival.

(C) 2014 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Submitted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Edited: Thursday, April 24, 2014

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  • Louis Rams (4/28/2014 9:29:00 PM)

    they was in awe with the daylight and the peace of the night then came the bickering
    and the loud fights.
    looking for a solution he went out to the streets -never realizing the she devil he would meet, she played him and knocked out his senses, and now he must pay the consequences. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (4/23/2014 6:21:00 PM)

    translation 'My kindgom for a horse! ' .....even before i noticed kindgom [sic], i wondered what this meant. i guess i've heard the expression before. i'll look it up. is it anything like let them eat cake?

    from online:

    A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse


    One of Shakespeare's best known lines. The quotation is sometimes now repeated ironically when someone is is need of some unimportant item.

    From Shakespeare's Richard III,1594:

    Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue!
    The king enacts more wonders than a man,
    Daring an opposite to every danger:
    His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights,
    Seeking for Richmond in the throat of death.
    Rescue, fair lord, or else the day is lost!

    A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

    Withdraw, my lord; I'll help you to a horse.

    See other phrases and sayings from Shakespeare.
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    *****so, ELENA, referring to the above note about the shakespeare line you used, have you used it ironically?
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    having been divorced 3 times, i must agree with the following: A divorce rarely leads to love's revival. BUT it doesn't always have to be as nasty and destructive as some of this poem implies. if i, at the time anyway, had thought my marriages were worth saving, i might have worked harder towards that goal. but, it takes two to reconcile. i did have one, my third, ex-wife suggest we should get back together; we actually kept having sex after the split-up, in her apartment (which i paid for for one year) but it only lasted until she got a boyfriend. i was only filling in until he came along (no pun intended, to begin with) . yes, i was being a nice guy, as in my new poem Too Nice? ha ha.

    unfortunately, my divorces were pretty tame..........meaning too bad for the many who suffer much more than i did.

    thanks for sharing. and thanks for the nice rhyming! ! ! bri :) (Report) Reply

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