Treasure Island

RIC S. BASTASA


when they got married


he was 35 and she was 33
he confessed and she said yes
they preferred a small chapel
so there will be lesser guests

enters the lady of discord
hmmm she says this marriage
will last for only two years
the two will surely split

reasons and more reasons
but the lady has a story to tell
she had pre-marital sex
lived with her man for only a year
and since then she hopped
like lady grasshopper from
one shrub to another

today we are on the twelfth year
of being married and being just
together
and we think about this love
that we want to last

this is not about time anymore
or marriage as an institution
or what our friend and relatives may say
this is not about the bed and board
this is not about sex
or compulsory support
or the fear of having to face
a family court for a legal separation
or annulment of this union

no, this is beyond all the predictions
and patterns of
a broken home
of today's phenomenon
where separation had become
a rule and we
are but the few exceptions

this had nothing to do
with battered wives
or henpecked husbands
or flying frying pans
and shattered wine glasses
unanswered emails
lonely breakfasts
late dinners
concealed bank accounts
unaccounted expenses
dreamhouses
and car change
and shortchanging
and hidden motives
inheritance and succession
dislike of poetry
and thrown plants
and broken pots

this is not about desire anymore
of bodies that wrinkle and shrink
this is not about modelling
not about a vision even of looking
at ourselves with fear
and forcing our eyes to a common direction

this is about love
it lasts and it takes us
through time that trickles
like rain and we do not even
know for how long

we just love
being together to places where we have not been yet
and back to places where we made memories
and to this place
where we are at home again
this heart
us

today we invited the lady of discord
she will come
how i like to see her smile
and i guess it must be dry

Submitted: Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, June 10, 2008

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