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Miles Apart

We live together
Yet we live miles apart
The blackness of addiction
Damaging my soul’s heart.

He works during the day
I work through the night
I believe in my dreams
He believes I’ve no right.

He’s two different people
Sharing the same lies
An intoxicating nightmare
You can see in his eyes.

In the sober state
He denies what he knows
But intoxicated beyond logic
Like a volcano he blows.

Heaving cruel words
He stumbles here and there
Mindless to the pain
He induces without care.

The distance between us
Grows every day
Making me question
Why I bother to stay.

Still I remember
The man I once knew
Handsome and compassionate
He was my dream come true.

His eyes once shined
A mischievous green
And his intimate touch
Made me feel like a queen.

It’s been eight long years
Since our first blind date
But the addiction he harbors
Has sealed our fate.

We live together
Yet we live miles apart
The blackness of co-dependence
Only a victim can chart.

Note:

For 12 years I was married to a very abusive alcoholic--and finally after a miscarriage as
a result of the abuse--I left.  A year later I was set up on a blind date with a man I
thought was my dream come true.  Handsome, hardworking, compassionate, and downright sexy!
 I fell head over heels in love with him--a divorcee like myself--and 3 years later moved
in with him on his hobby farm.  He said I made him feel like a king--and I felt like his
queen--this poem tells my story......

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  1. Date: 8/3/2009 1:03:00 PM
    Sad, sad poem Deborah. I am so glad you are free of all this hurt, my thoughts are with you and your three children>>James

  1. Date: 4/30/2009 7:10:00 AM
    co-dependence is an ugly town to live in. IIts only when your heart is irrevocably broken that you can possibly get out and begin again. All blessings to you.

  1. Date: 2/16/2009 1:31:00 PM
    Deborah, the last two words of the third verse surely describe your ex to a T: "He blows." And I'm so glad you found someone who treats you like a queen! Great poem, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/4/2009 10:13:00 PM
    12 years is a long time to take. I'm glad you finally found someone that made you into a queen. Nice poem, chronicling our lives in stanzas sometimes helps us get over the bad past....Raul

  1. Date: 2/4/2009 11:43:00 AM
    Difficult but courageous write. God Bless. I lived with it with my dad though he was never abusive and now with my son who I see little hope for between the gambling, lies and drinking. Losing everything hasn't changed him. Vince

  1. Date: 2/4/2009 8:37:00 AM
    Deborah, your story in your poem is so heartbreaking. Your writing never disappoints, but I was so wishing this was not true. There is always hope, and I will keep you in my prayers. Life is often full of difficult surprises for many of us. My heart goes out to you. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 2/3/2009 5:48:00 PM
    This is a powerful write that shows the heartache of a heart. Your heart has endured a lifetime of pain yet you breathe..most admirable..Love the poem and the rhyming actually was very good in the piece..not force it flowed naturally..very good write.

  1. Date: 2/3/2009 5:35:00 PM
    The tragedy of these relationships is portrayed in a heartwrenching and vivid way in this poem. The emotion comes through your words. My thoughts and prayers go with you. Take care. Karen