A Poem from my Travels in England: The Gap

April 14, 1995, just 10 days after my baby girl turned 3 years old, I departed from Raleigh Durham International Airport for two months in Great Britain. It was a chance of a lifetime. I was 28 years old, finally finishing my undergraduate degree at UNC-CH, the recipient of the The Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship.

My marriage was in big trouble, for lots of reasons, not the least of which was adapting to life with a child. Our marriage counselor encouraged me to make this trip without my daughter, to give my husband a chance to bond with her without my interference. That part worked. He is a wonderful father, and we now have a good, solid co-parenting relationship.

Following is a poem I wrote during my travels.

The Gap

An unbridgeable gap

Eroding our relationship

Sent me across the ocean

For some space.

But England has none,

Densely populated,

Hedges and walls beg privacy,

Bathtubs are too narrow for comfort

And the trains and the tube

Rumble from point to point

No place too remote

And at the end of each trip

I'm told, "mind the gap."

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Anthony James Barnett - author 7 years ago

Sounds like you have real marital problems.

Working it out with poems and writing is a healthy way to recover. Emotive writing helps rid us of angst and keep things in proportion.

Good luck with everything.

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL - that I did, Anthony. And now I'm on to problems with marriage # 2 :-) Just kidding - #2 seems to have survived the problems. I do agree, however, writing has always been an impt tool for me in dealing with various problems.

ralwus 7 years ago

Oh my. I like this and am so upset for the sparse visitors to read it. It sounds like you had a nice time of it though, and it helped your marriage too. that's great.

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

nah, not that marriage, ralwus, it's the 2nd marriage that's still surviving. Thanks for commenting! I'm disappointed with the sparse visitors, too, but just don't have a clue how to bring traffic to my poems.

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