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Monogamy ...
               Shredded by actuality.
          There, on the cold cotton sheets,
      Lay the discarded remnants of my pride ...
   Torn into shameful shards and ragged strips of infidelity,
 And hidden deep within the shadow of a broken heart ...
No draft of recompense would be worthy barter,
               Nor apt or artful atonement ... not anymore.
              I'd spied the cur's face, you see ...
            The blackguard's gaze had found me upon escape,
         And returned it, did I, with exacting ire.
     Alas, had it the force of a bullet, (oh, haste!),
Naught but ruin would have stained those moments -
               Those far-too-brief-but-endless caught-in-the-act moments.
          Yet such looks are only messages, not weapons.
      Besides, it was she with the bloody apron,
   She who held the blade, firm ... steady,
 Who drew its rusty edge across my heart, and thrust ...
He ... merely twisted it.

Written and submitted on August 20, 2019
For the "One In Four" Poetry Contest
Joseph May, Sponsor.

(Line chosen - "Within the shadow of a broken heart")

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 8/26/2019 12:40:00 PM
Knew it...what did I say? winner another obvious choice for a top win!
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Date: 8/25/2019 5:49:00 PM
Wow! I see why this is a top winner Greg. There is some pretty graphic imagery in this poem about a broken heart. Congratulations on your deserving win! xxoo
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Date: 8/25/2019 2:47:00 PM
Love the theme and the twist at the end, you are a great story teller greg:-) many congratulations on your win :-) Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 8/25/2019 12:08:00 PM
deeply beautiful dear Gregory, congrats :)-luloo
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Date: 8/25/2019 11:42:00 AM
What a great write, Greg, congrats oh your well deserved first place. John
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Date: 8/25/2019 9:07:00 AM
Wow, impassioned. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 8/25/2019 8:53:00 AM
GREAT LAST LINE......the cut of the cut...Beautifully painful composition Greg.
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Date: 8/25/2019 8:26:00 AM
Love cast aside leaving just the pieces of what was..Congrats on your win Greg..
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Date: 8/20/2019 1:35:00 PM
The was really nice Greg. The darkness of that shadow, which we know is long and sometimes forever, is eerily expressed in your poem. That ending was killer, one of the best I have read. Best of luck in the contest
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/21/2019 6:37:00 AM
Oh, thank you SO kindly, Chri8s ... as you know, your opinion is one of those I trust and value the most here, (truly), and I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one. Blessings, my friend! :o)
Date: 8/20/2019 8:45:00 AM
Oooh what a story...and with a twist in the end, great write as always with unique word combinations, eg ragged strips of infidelity, so descriptive, I feel another winner has arrived!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 8/21/2019 6:35:00 AM
Ha - nice pun, Buddy, ("twist" at the end) ... I hope you're right, but never count on it ... the best prizes are kind comments from folks like you, those who still take time to come by. Blessings and thanks, my friend! :o)