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Broken Vows

by Stephen Ellams

Let's call it a day then
I think that we should
invite all of our friends
and family to witness
the placing of two rings
that no longer bind us
on the high-minded altar
of love and forgiveness

For where we now reside
in the vacuous space
of unsated desire
and emotional fissures
we’ve both given up
trying to resolve this
with come-to-bed eyes
and open-mouthed kisses

Our indifference runs deep
into the unhappy core
of a simple home truth
we are bound by our children
upon whom we dote
with diurnal devotion
while denying ourselves
a soulful connection

Copyright © 2016 by Stephen Ellams

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