The Affair

Christine Ray – Gig leaps made of small steps

Brave & Reckless

I rediscovered this bit of verse today that I wrote back in 2016. It was inspired by a piece of fiction I had wrote that I really should dust off some time. . .


after I took a sledgehammer
to our relationship
only to be surprised
that dust
that rubble
was all that remained
I remembered a conversation
we once had upon learning
a friend had had an affair
I was telling you
how he sheepishly told me
it just happened
“bullshit!” you declared
shocking me not
with your Yankee frankness
which I had lived with
for some time
but by the vehemence
of your response
you were always
the empathetic one
keenly intuitive about others
willing to accept shades of gray

you were washing dishes
while I dried
I worried
you would scrub the pattern
right off the tea cup
“affairs don’t just happen” you said angrily
“that is…

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