In the Middle of a Long Marriage by Donna Emerson

In the Middle of a Long Marriage

Turn this embrace to magic while you may.
We both know we have spent what was ours
long ago while clouds decayed.
You with your held back passion-flower
me with my dreams of a perfect man.
We can only meet in darkness and pretend.

You hold out hopes of meeting me again.
I find comfort in meeting less, my friend.
Still we plan, go to Corinth and its shore
travel the inside passage, pay and delay,
spend more, buy more, eat more, what for?
Promise and sweet talk, new vows, no floor.

None of these can help us stay or go,
only deep-within change, neither of us allow.

Donna Emerson’s first full-length poetry collection, The Place of Our Meeting, was published by Finishing Line Press in January 2018 and nominated for the California Book Award. She is currently completing a second full- length poetry collection, Beside the Well, to be published by Cherry Grove Collections, December of 2019.