Poem: The Break Down

Note: This is Part Two of my poetic duet with Desiree, whereby she takes on the voice of “The Wife” and I take on the role of “The Husband”. For Part One of our poetic duet, please go here



Another night of turned backs
Silence deepening marital cracks
Her physical touches continually spurned
Her weary sighs are no longer heard

Taught from childhood that love conquers all
Only love refuses to spare them this treacherous fall
She clings to marital obligations, but in misery
Façade of happily ever after makes them weary


The nights are getting longer and harder
Their conversations becoming scarcer
Physical intimacy remains wishful thinking
His only release comes from self-pleasuring
Old cherished marital ideals crushed
Longings of love and tenderness hushed
Vows forsaken, only desolation continually feeds
Hearts broken, as their pretence at marriage bleeds


When pertinent conversations between a wife and husband are silenced, and nagging issues remain unresolved, a break down may be inevitable.

Being Afraid Is Human, But Staying Afraid Is A Choice.

  • dougstuber
    November 7, 2014

    So on target. I hope my wife reads it. Yobo, did you like it?

    • shirleymaya
      November 7, 2014

      Does your wife follow my blog or any blogs? 🙂

      • dougstuber
        November 9, 2014

        No she doesn’t um. Hmmm. Six years with no romance. Yes I am writing a novel.

        • shirleymaya
          November 9, 2014

          LOL may be put some of that energy in the romance part? 🙂

  • Carol Balawyder
    November 9, 2014

    A sad but powerful poem, Shirley. So many people are in this longing situation.

    • shirleymaya
      November 10, 2014

      Indeed, Carol. So many people are together but still feel so alone. Mother Teresa was right – “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”

  • dougstuber
    November 16, 2014