Friday, October 21, 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

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