Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Mini-Challenge & Open Link Monday posts

A Grain of Love

It was love at first sight, she thought.
A fiery hot courtship followed, she was persistent,
their being together nearly night and day.
Wedding bells' gongs screaming
in her head, begging for fruition.
Our handsome young lad was making noises,
sounds of another kind, Please Mary, I need ...
When she'd hint of that blissful day he fidgeted,
coughed lowly, and begged her leave.
Worried a little she took her stand.
Devious it might be, invitations to stay increased.
Oh John, O John, hold me tighter,
I love you so became her consistent whisper.
Whispered softly in his ear.
Night after night, passion abounding,
Oh Johnny, do you love me too?
It took a measured while but then one night,
his wine-breathed whisper barely sounding,
I love you too, Mary, I love you too.
With wedding thoughts more intense,
she dreamed of that day,
surely coming very soon.
Months had passed then her thoughts quickly changed.
She'd have to ask and ask she did.
Veiled at first with feigned humor,
talk about the rabbit dying.
Made no sense to John. Come, come to me,
I'll get you a new one tomorrow.
Johnny, it isn't a real rabbit.  
No, my test said "a happy day is coming."
Later that night when John was with the guys,
they told him what she had meant.  
Oh damn, O da...  He texted her that night,
gibberish about a fast job change in another town.
I'll text you when I land and
send you some money soon when I can.
I am sorry. Be seeing you.
Mary's note they found.
Nothing in it made much sense. 
One line "to John,"
"Was there one, even one grain of love?"
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Photo, Poem Copyright, ©  2011, 2014 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

- I'm linked with Kerry at the Real Toads, Sunday Mini-Challenge: In Other Words (Link)
- There Kerry picked a couple of novels, I am writing mine in honor of her second selection,
A Grain of Wheat, a novel by Kenyan novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
and again Monday
- with Kerry at the Real Toads, Open Link Monday (Link)

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At Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:55:00 PM, Blogger brudberg said...

What a devastatingly sad story.. So sad when commitments are the scariest thing, and the most necessary thing.. That note so very sad...

At Monday, October 20, 2014 6:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not much love for sure! I had a smile (smile isn't exactly the right word) over the old rabbit test. Thanks. k.

At Monday, October 20, 2014 7:57:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

A sad tale, all too familiar, I'm afraid, and very well-told.

At Monday, October 20, 2014 8:58:00 AM, Blogger audrey` said...

Reminded us of the song "Dear John", Dr Jim :)

At Monday, October 20, 2014 9:12:00 AM, Blogger Gail said...

Well done!

Thanks for coming by.

At Monday, October 20, 2014 12:05:00 PM, Blogger Tempest Nightingale LeTrope said...

I always think the phrase "if you wouldn't want to make her your wife, don't make her a mother" is a wise one for fellows to live by.
My ex husband was actually quite happy to marry me. Unfortunately, we both brought a lot of baggage into the marriage, which is why it didn't last. We have a son together, and we have remained civil with each other.

At Monday, October 20, 2014 4:23:00 PM, Blogger Grace said...

How sad in the ending Jim ~ Tragic to be dumped that way ~

At Monday, October 20, 2014 5:37:00 PM, Blogger Justin Lamb said...

Sad and realistic in many situations. I like the straight-forward language that you used.

At Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:17:00 AM, Blogger Susan said...

What a sad tale! Unfortunately it is too common. A woman stuck by a man I know for 5 years of evasion. When she finally left him, he met a woman he was engaged to in a month and married to within a year! I think I' hearing the story now from his side.

At Tuesday, October 21, 2014 9:23:00 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

Sadly there're so many that "bail-out" he'll be regretting his decision.

At Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:52:00 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

wow - quite a book - and a story that is as old as time I think. :)


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