Free Love Poem: The Divorce

The Divorce

Keep safe distance.
Cite your claims.
Let the fog
Enshroud your shame.

Yield no whisper
Of remorse,
Give no sign
That you endorse

The fables of
The ancient wives,
Who kept their men
And lived their lives ..

The crossing bears
No one-way bar.
But shut your eyes,
And touch your scar,

Remember what
The madman said.
You just live once,
And then you're dead,

And happiness
Is all a myth,
The road ahead
Is clouded with

Who can't be changed.
So label them.
They can be named.

The madman said
You can't repair
Your love or life ...
But you're aware

Deep down below
The cloud of cries,
That life holds hope
That these are lies ...

The choice is yours,
To live or burn,
To hear the lies
Or to return.

Written by Anna Williams at age 32
Free Poems

This free poem is a Found Poem, written per the prompt at stoney moss: Found Poetry.

The item used to find this poem was the DMV Driver's Manual.


Deborah Vatcher said...

This is great! I had fun writing a found poem on my site too.

Whirling Dervish said...

Wow, Anna- that is fantastic. Your ability to find a poem like this in the DMV is great. I am surprised it has words like monstrosity in there! It makes you look at these things (or all written material) totally differently now....

writerwoman said...

But shut your eyes,
And touch your scar

Wow, I love that part.

Its awesome that this poem started as random words in a DMV manual.

Anna said...

Haha. No, "monstrosities" wasn't in the DMV manual. I just picked some words and then kept writing, picked some more words and wrote more, etc. Like "keep safe distance," "fog," "cite," "yield," "crossing," "one-way," "road," etc.

_Soulless_ said...

A carefully woven piece, focused well on the idea in the title; and you've certainly pulled it off. I am promptly impressed.


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Ario said...

Agree with everyone above. This works very well. There are some interesting rhyming connections there that made me think and propel the poem on nicely from the start: claims and shame and remorse and endorse for example.

Label them, they can be named: stood out for me for some reason.

Again, one of those well crafted and exquisitely structured poems of yours.

(pssst...note a little typo btw: your dead should be you're dead hope you don't mind me mentioning it...I think you're like me and would like to know:))

janetleigh said...

I love this, Anna. This is a little different than your others in that the lines are way shorter and dem thangs rhyme, too ;> but your rhyming pairs are great, especially:

claims and shame
remorse and endorse

and the following are great lines, too:

"shut your eyes, And touch your scar,"
"Remember what the madman said."
and then repeating "The madman said"

All in all, this is a great read and it's amazing you did this while driving..;>

Brian said...

Keep safe distance.
Cite your claims.
Let the fog
Enshroud your shame.

that just set up everything so nicely... a great balance between emotion of love, and the sterility of a contract. nicely done.


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