Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2009

A Successful Marriage

by Clare Hawkins

It changes over time,
I see each furrow and shift in your demeanour,
I catalogue each one with memories to index,
The times we felt not striking made their mark on you,
The pressing of each harshly spoken word,
The passing of love which will not last,
Still we walk together in respect of youths dreaming.

It changes over time,
I feel the sting of bitterness in folds of sagging skin,
In tired sighs and aching bones,
The moments held dear, given so wantonly, easily
The missed rememberings and forgotten kindness
The dying of a hope for more.
But still we sit together in respect of life once lived.

Added: 12.12.2008