Monday, August 1, 2011


His ambition 
fascinated her—a reflection 
of her own drive  

for ultimate   
control in answering only to   
her own wishes. 

He drew her in 
with his passionate promises 
whispered in bed 
while her husband 
and children slept in innocence 
and ignorance. 

On moon filled nights 
she pledged her bright future to him, 

clinging to him. 
Crumbling her disillusionment 
within her fist. 

Wagering all 
against a bid for happiness 
with a new life 

centered on him. 
She counted on his commitment 
to her—for them, 

to bind old wounds 
and invent a life together 
without heartache. 

Year drifts to year 
as her love grows, but his wavers 
and then retreats 

back to control 
of his own life and ambitions. 
He abandons 

her for himself. 
His selfishness now a mirror 
for her sorrow. 

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman


  1. liz went back and found somehow i missed this one excellent

  2. anonymous += lisa