Divorce, Single Parenting, Dating, Sex, & Self-Recovery

unease and marginal effect

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recovering myself from the sirens

 [from The Black Pages – poetry]

i am finding a place in my heart for each of them
each of the women who’ve passed through
a little bit off to the left
slightly beneath the resentment and anger
tucking them in so gently
they won’t feel a thing
cosy and comfy together

there is a large cast of characters
the major players
a sister who left the planet with a leap
a first ex-wife who still calls for no reason
a second ex-wife who keeps showing me why
why i was so unhappy but couldn’t see it
so much has changed
her approach to love and me
is still more business than pleasure

and the minor chorus of high school sweethearts
dreams and aspirations without structure or plan
and the one, in between, woman
who cried with joy when we made love the first time
and now the others
the most recent act and ensemble cast
the kissing girl, the over-thinker
the girlfriend that nearly changed everything

i am giving them a place where i can still love them
where the lessons and experiences
have brought me to prayer or punk rock
depending on the moment

i am finding a place for them to live together
my dos equis and company
and my first true love and mother and teacher
the sister who got away
before her full message had been given

she can soothe them now
in their unease and marginal effect
she can sing to them
of my praises
she was my original champion
my muse


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