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Forty-Two Years

A friend of a friend has a husband who left;
He quit after forty-two years.
His wife is a wreck – she’s distraught and bereft
And is drowning in buckets of tears.

To make it all worse, she has problems with health
So will struggle to be on her own,
As fate, like a robber with devious stealth,
Has made off with the life she has known. 

A marriage needs partners where both are content
Or resentment will bubble below,
But forty-two years surely must represent
Times with harmony’s ebb and its flow.

No matter what changed, it is always so sad
When a union like that comes apart;
For someone is losing the life that she had,
While she nurses a pulverized heart.

Copyright © ilene bauer

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  1. Date: 8/20/2013 3:08:00 PM
    What makes it happen? Does anyone know? Two generations with nothing to show? The kids are all grown up with kids of their own. Is this all that's left of a love that they've known? These are all questions. No one really knows. One thing for sure though is that this really blows. :( Peace. :)

  1. Date: 8/20/2013 11:33:00 AM
    This has happened to a friend of mine....the most heart-breaking thing it is to watch her try to pick up the pieces after such a long journey. So heart goes out to your friend too!

  1. Date: 8/20/2013 10:11:00 AM
    - Yes, it is always very sad when the long marriage breaks down. - Well written dear Ilene! - Have a nice week. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)