Thursday, January 07, 2016

Swimming that day ~~ a Challenge 2016 poem

Swimming that day alongside the boat 
I felt it slip from my fourth finger 
Like our leaden bed, it wouldn't float 
Ring of gold, it's duty had lingered

No more, the reminder wouldn't be 
Bottom of lake richer in treasures 
Marriage in pits, parted company 
Goodbye, love lost, sanity preserved
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Photo and Poem Copyright

© 2010 (link) and 2007 Jimmiehov.
All Rights Reserved

Today I'm linked with Marian at the Imaginary Garden with Toads, Music with Marian (link).

Marian posted the video below, saying:
"“February” performed live by the incomparable Dar Williams."

And for us to use the words of Dar's song for inspiration of what we write.

The lyrics to "February" as sung by her are found here.

The ring pictured is my current wedding ring given to me by Mrs. Jim.  As you can see back then we were "flower children."

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At Friday, January 08, 2016 4:55:00 AM, Blogger Debi Swim said...

"Bottom of lake richer in treasures".... this is a sad song (though I know you have had a happy ending. I really like this, Jim

At Friday, January 08, 2016 5:50:00 AM, Blogger Marian said...

This almost makes me want to whisper "my precious," you have so well personified... or brought to life that ring and all it carried to the bottom of the lake.

At Friday, January 08, 2016 6:58:00 AM, Blogger brudberg said...

I got this sinking feeling that all is not right... but some days parting is better.

At Friday, January 08, 2016 8:41:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

I really like the way you set the scene in the first stanza, Jim. It says a lot about how difficult it is to let go, even of a failed relationship.

At Friday, January 08, 2016 10:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah. When it is better to part than to carry the weight... a very real piece. Well-penned.

At Friday, January 08, 2016 3:56:00 PM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

"Sanity preserved", indeed. I pawned my wedding ring for $40 to feed my kids one time and it felt like a good trade.

At Friday, January 08, 2016 9:15:00 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

perhaps your best poem... well done.

At Friday, January 08, 2016 10:15:00 PM, Blogger Gail said...

Sad. Good.

At Saturday, January 09, 2016 8:20:00 AM, Blogger Helen said...

Advancing years afford the clearest look back at our lives .. yes?

At Sunday, January 10, 2016 7:28:00 AM, Blogger Gail said...

Thanks, Jim.

No, I've never seen a large cat hibernating. They are certainly impressive regal animals.

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