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Daily Prompt: Facade

via Daily Prompt: Facade



We sit beside each other at the game. The parents know we cheer for number 32.

We interact with family online and in life. The siblings accept the plastic smiles.

We drive, we cook, we wash the dog. The neighbors see us come and go.

We have naked ring fingers and ties to stories and local spots that diamonds haven’t cut.

We open doors, we say hellos, we are courteous and kind. The children feel the love.

We ache, we pivot, we waffle, we dance. We take stock of the passing of time.

We sit in silence, sleep in grind, wake to chests opened and pained.

We laugh, we cry, we do our time. Our friends know how to walk the line.


There’s a way to do this right. And there’s a way to do this wrong. And then there is doing the best we can. 

#for Reticent Mental Property. Participation in Word Prompts Sept 29, 2016.




10 comments on “Daily Prompt: Facade

  1. The Muscleheaded Blog
    September 30, 2016

    A poignant write, Ret.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. distantshipsmoke
    October 1, 2016

    Wow! Love these words. And the First picture with the clocks and the “rear” view reminds me of a John Kacere painting.


    • Ret MP
      October 2, 2016

      thanks for the reference, I’ll look him up. I love to learn.


    • Ret MP
      October 3, 2016

      Wow- three decades devoted to paintings of a woman’s midsection- meaning just under the bust down to upper thigh… frontal/rear…. photorealism. very interesting DSS.


      • distantshipsmoke
        October 3, 2016

        Sorry, when ever I see photorealism or photorealism of the female “rear mid-section in lingere”. I think of Kacere. We were both from the same State of Iowa.Iowans must think like that.He was starting out when I was in high school. I think he felt the intimacy of what she was allowing him to see. I don’t know, but he was sure hung up on it.

        Your words, yes, the children are so affected by separation or just the unrest even if the parents choose to stay together “for the good of the children”. Perhaps it does build an unbreakable bond. Your words are very poignant. I think I understand what you are saying.


  3. dievca
    October 2, 2016

    It’s a delicate dance on the head of a pin – like an Angel you do it well. XO


  4. Mr Modigliani
    October 3, 2016

    I felt the deep angst of this, and yet it was quite lyrical. You deserve to be happy


    • Ret MP
      October 3, 2016

      “we” may or may not deserve to be happy, but children of a marriage do. This motivates many partners; look around- you’ll see the sacrifice or the maturity (depending on how you look at it) in many relationships who have to raise children who did not choose to have parents who didn’t work things out.


      • Mr Modigliani
        October 3, 2016

        I certainly understand this and grapple with the same dilemma.


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