A Good Husband Poem by Seamus O' Brian

A Good Husband



this blood on my hands
is it mine or yours

hold still let me take
my knife from your back

its what a good husband does

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: marriage,reconciliation,conflict
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
In any relationship, verbal conflict can inflict deep wounds when emotions escape the boundaries of control
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Laurie Van Der Hart 25 January 2017

Seamus, for sure I've read this poem before. Do none of us have enough courage to comment on it? It's such a shocking image, a graphic representation of what we sometimes to do one another. Very powerful. Effectively misleading and ironic title. Character slaughter is an expression I heard recently. There's another one I call character rot - it's insidious and slow but has the same end result.

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Seamus O Brian 25 January 2017

Dear Laurie, I am pleased that you had the courage to comment on this. And, yes, this was written during a dark time of conflict in which words became weapons and much damage was rendered. A season that seemed could not, and would not end. I like your term, character rot. It is insidious, and devastatingly foul when you look honestly upon yourself and see what you are possible of becoming when selfishness is allowed to rule. But, fortunately, commitment (another word for love when the pleasant emotional facets have disappeared) , forgiveness, determination, and reconciliation are beautiful and powerful aspects of relationships that can overcome wounds and allow for healing. The three stranded cord that does not break so easily. Thanks for reading, Laurie. Blessings to you. :) S

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