17 Years of Marriage

After 17 years of marriage

her emotions ran loose,

she imagined her wedding band

being fitted around his neck

and tightened like a hangman’s noose,

sometimes she felt like a slave,

but he was happy,

so she tried not to make a wave,

her marriage seemed hopeless,

her happiness was shaded,

and the luster had faded,

she gave her heart,

until death would do them part,

and that seemed delayed,

but oh, how she prayed,

that odd hatred ran deep,

until one night,

her husband died in his sleep,

when that reality and fatality met,

her negative thoughts turned into regret.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Ouch! If this doesn't make you stop and think AND appreciate what you have, nothing will. We all have regrets or become dissatisfied but pity the person who lives with it every day and never does anything about it.

This is a heart-wrenching story in a short poem. Beautifully done.

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


Valleypoet 4 years ago

No mention of detectives...then I'm guessing there are no suspicious circumstances!! LOL...the woman in your poem must be filled with terrible remorse...be careful what you wish for could be the moral here!...enjoyed this Frank, thanks for sharing:-))


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks so much til for dropping by nd visiting my 17 years of marriage.. and you are right Valleypoet you get what you wish for LOL bless you both


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

I guess they never communicated! Too bad.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading suzetteaples :)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I know, we are certainly fickle...aren't we? lol Another great one Frank!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

gosh..that is sad but her prayers are answered ;-)

good one, frank!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

You fickle jackie hmm..LOL thanks for stopping by and thank you again Ruch for the visits bless you


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great one Frank, the lady has regret all she thought about her husband.

Great write.

voted up and awesome, my friend, Joyce.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Be careful what you wish for. I would be feeling pretty remorseful too.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thanks so much Joyce and good to see you.. and thank you too Rosemay50 and gang good to see you too bless you both :)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Ahhh, careful what you wish for. It appears that she didn't have life insurance:( LOL The brighter side to death, in a sense Frank. Cool beans! Up, awesome, and interesting


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Frank, I loved this. She spent her whole life choosing to be miserable and then oops. Reminds of of that "Meatloaf" song, "Praying for the end of time . . . so I can end my time with you." Very clever write. Almost missed this one, but I am glad I found it. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Very interesting, Frank, and quite different. The twist is there at the end - quite a twist because I imagined she would kill him - but the overall tone of the poem is different, but a different I like. Very well done. Hope you are well. ~~ Theresa


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

that was funny thelyricwriter LOL thank for the laugh.. and yeah never thought of it the Meatloaf song Faith Reaper.. bless you and Good to see you Phdast and thank for the comment again bless you all :)


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Another piece that leaves me in awe of your abilities. Awesome work, as always. If I only I had an ounce of your talent...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Phoebe your are so sweet bless you :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This is what I fear about marriage, I mean about the first part of the poem. I don't know about the post script of the poem. LOL

Wonderful descriptions, Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks VG for stopping by


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

This is such a true scenario! Gosh, I could write a hub about this. You've painted a relevant issue perfectly with words, Frank. All thumbs up!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Martie for reading my 17 years of marriage :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh yes Frank and a huge up up and away for you here.

Take care my dear friend and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Eddy :)


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Frank,

Your work is sharp and precise, always laced with feeling of some kind.

This piece stirred up many feelings and made me take pause. I have been staring at this comment for awhile... I believe I am still thinking.

I will summarize my jumbles by saying you are a powerful and compelling writer. Voted UP and ABI.

Hugs with an extra squeeze, Maria


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for stopping by Maria, yeah you know me, I'll take that extra squeeze....


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sweetie2 4 years ago from Delhi

You only know the value of a person when you loose him for ever. There are many times in relationship when the relationship looks like dead or dragging but that is the time when your relationship is really tested. Those who give in to temptations usually end up in new relationship one after another while who take pain to cement relationship at that time usually are happier with same partner in end.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks sweetie2 for your comment and visit :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence until the fence is removed, and then sometimes it's not what it appeared to be. A shame to spend one's life longing for something that is nothing more than a mirage.

Perhaps the real problem was in choosing to sit back and watch instead of participating. If one sits and waits no matter what is going on around them, they are dependent on outside energies to make their life what they want it to be and that may never happen without an effort from themselves.

As always you show your gift in relating so many of life's situations.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh Frank...We love them but don't always like them but never the less they are ours...hehe

Regret...an awful feeling..knowing you cannot take it back..

Great story...sad ending. Very descriptive and to the point..Wonderful job!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

I agree with you Au Fait.. and thank you Sunnie day for visiting my 17 year marriage


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Be careful what you wish or pray for :)


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks justasksusan :)


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Frank, wow! You made me appreciate my weirdness. I am not the type to settle which means that I never have to regret offing anyone in my thoughts. Awesome write as always Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Just don't off me MOMs I'd prefer you on me..:) LOL..wait that came off too dirty erase that last thought moms......


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

Hahahaha! Smooth line Frank can't erase it. Love it.

I would not off you... as far as on you goes, hmm? To comment or not to comment... LOL


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Then let me go iron my birthday suit just in case on is on!


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida

:) wait, you can iron those? It needs ironing? Maybe it just needs a little steam.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

MOMs you have a gret sense of humor bless you girl!!!!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

How did I miss this!! Very nice, Frank..... The only problem is, I was looking for a suspect, a weapon, a crime scene.. There is nothing! Wow, good one Frank :)

Very strong message here, beautiful. Voting up and everything!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Lathing for reading my 17 years :)


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Brilliantly written as always.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Acae

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