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There Once Was a Divorce...

Updated on April 7, 2012

It was strange seeing my mom and dad

talking in the living room this evening.

My dad moved out nine years ago

and they have been divorced for six.

I grew up in this house with them both.

So much has changed here in the years since he left,

not for the better or worse, really;

they’ve just changed.

I remember sitting in that same living room

over a decade ago, watching wrestling with my dad,

me laughing at him as he dozed off in his recliner.

I remember Christmas after Christmas in that room,

a little me tearing into presents like a mole clawing at the earth

while they drank their coffee and watched.

As I sat there today, I wondered how my dad must have felt.

He has a new life now, but surely the memories of the old life

came to him as he sat there in that same recliner he always sat in before.

I know how my mother feels;

she wishes he were still here, living and married to her.

He’s remarried now, though, and life has moved along in the steady stream

of time like it always does,

carrying with it nothing but change

and moments that, year by year, become obscured

like vision through a fogged up window.

What did you think of this poem?

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Have you or anyone close to you ever been involved in a divorce?

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      I'm sure it was tough. I've never been married but my parents did after 35 years. Thanks for commenting!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Good writing! I went through one when my daughter was six and my wife decided she should be with someone else.

      It was a painful journey, we survived.

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      I like the poem, but hate the subject because as you've illustrated, divorce is an emotional and environmental change that nobody ever really gets "over".

      "...And moments that, year by year, become obscured like vision through a fogged up window"---vivid wording there.

      Good work; very compelling hub.

      Voted UP and all that.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Imagery is very strong here! You have painted a picture with your words... Its sad for children when parents separate... due to misunderstandings or "finally understanding"

      Nice poem...

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Yeah my parents divorced right after I graduated high school and, though it was probably for the better, it's still sad and touches your mind in a funny way years later. Thanks for commenting!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love this poem! You paint vivid images. It's very nostalgic. My parents divorced when I was 12 or 13. The memories of that are still strong, as are many feelings associated with that time. Thanks for writing this. I can relate. Many votes and sharing with others!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      you've written it well in a child's do you cope up with the divorce of your parents?

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      amy 5 years ago