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The Last Wife

Updated on July 7, 2017
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Deborah is a writer, healer, and teacher. Her goal is to help people live their best lives everyday, while sharing her joy and love of life.

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Marriage

The idea of happily ever after seems far fetched in this day and age. Couples marry and divorce, with little regard for each other, or their children.

This poem reflects the life of a man thrice married, once to his sweetheart and the mother of his children, once to a beautiful trophy, and finally to the woman who would love him into old age.

Enjoy.

The first wife: he loved her, it seems

she bore his children

and encouraged his dreams.

Loving and loyal, though they had no wealth.

And before she knew

what had hit her life

He left her for a trophy wife

A younger, firmer version of herself.

The trophy wife was cute but mean

She spurned his children

and crushed his dreams

Crafty and cunning, she squandered his wealth.

And before he knew

what had hit his life

He cried when he lost his trophy wife

Gone...with a wealthier version of himself.

The last wife, then, was kind and sweet

cherished the grandchildren

and rekindled his dreams

Gracious and giving, she nurtured his failing health.

And before they knew

what had hit their life

the dying man and the last wife

realized their love had become their wealth.

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    • Deborah Demander profile image
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      Deborah Demander 5 weeks ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Camille, Thank you for taking the time to read and to comment. I appreciate it.

      Namaste

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      Camille Harris 6 weeks ago from SF Bay Area

      This is beautiful, Deborah!

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for stopping by, onegoodwoman.

      I appreciate everyone who reads poetry, and I admire the poets here at hubpages.

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Broken hearts and dreams.

      Renewing and rebuilding.

      You interwove them all so well.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thank you James.

      Yes, Habee, I hope I am the last wife. I am definitely on my last husband!

      Namaste.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great poem! Are you the last wife? I am - at least, I hope I am!

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is the best poem I have ever read on HubPages. It is profound and written by a big heart. This is what poetry should be.

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      sagebrush_mama 7 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      Nicely done!

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Lovely play of words, a blessing and in turn a truth which rings true in our home, love is our wealth, the rest will wither away.

      Blessings

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very beautiful!

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      Pratonix 7 years ago from Asia

      Pretty good. There's so much truth in the last line: 'Their love had become their wealth.'

      Blessings.~

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      tom hellert 7 years ago from home

      DD,

      I'd write a poem if I could.

      but I cant because my head is full of wood.

      tee-hee tee-hee I laugh in kind

      For the trees get mad to comparrisons with my mind

      I WISH I had your gift of rhymING prose

      but I can't do it so the poem goes - wrong.....

      TEE -HEE

      TH

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for your insight MFB. All our experiences bring us to where we are today.

      Hey muscle, thanks for stopping by.

      Namaste friends.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Very beautiful indeed.

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      True love is far to often traded in for what one thinks is a truer love, blinded by lust or beauty, and failing to see the inner beauty of what they already had. They forsake what was truly perfection and embrace a flawed version instead. If one is lucky they eventually find their way back to the arms of their intended, and rediscover peace, but often they are left bitter and alone. One perhaps should stray only if the other has also strayed, then the two paths become detours to a happiness they would have never have known on the same path. Lovely write.~~~MFB III

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks everyone for stopping by. De Greek, you should know by now that you can never go back. ;)

      Namaste friends.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Oh my - he got his just desserts then, eh? Isn't it funny what some people think as progress or 'better' only to realize they've gone full circle somehow?

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      Ahhhh, how sweet :-)

      As long as he did not go back to the first one :-))

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poetry is beautiful, more please

      Cheers

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      So true.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thank you Lynda, for your kind comments.

      akulkarni, I appreciate you reading my work.

      Namaste.

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Lovely thoughts.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thank you for stopping by so quickly msorensson. I appreciate your kind comment.

      Namaste.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Beautiful.