Torn (Part 2 – The Tearing Accelerates)

The tearing accelerates in

Adolescence and adulthood 

As we discard our innocence, 

Days of long little league games

Of recess and playmates

And lazy bike rides 

Are relegated to the dwindling rivers of memory, 

Replaced by commitments and committees

By all manner of minutia 

Tearing our spontaneous spirits–

Leaving moments and memories, 

Shards of our shared illusions 

Strewn on on the threshing floor

In middle age we are split 

By the slashing and scratching 

Of marriage and children 

Fumbling our way 

Through forays 

Of pointless arguments 

Laced with insidious invectives

We simultaneously relish and regret;

In consoling and compromise 

We cut our egos and ambitions asunder 

Letting them float into the ether 

Like a cloud of soft and hazy promises . . .


This is the second segment of a lengthy poem titled “Torn.”



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