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The 21st Century Marriage (A Tragedy)

twisting string in his thin fingers

he sutured the slender wound,

yeah he fixed her up like new.

a work of art,

like a school of fish, posing as a shark.

when she came to,

her hands went to her face,

hoping for lavender, but getting plastic flowers.

her husband never got her what she liked.

he didn’t know what she was like.

she liked passion, he liked sex.

that’s where she picked up cigarettes.

a small prize for after getting done her chore.

he thought her vice a small price to pay,

though he didn’t like it in the house,

but when the deed was done he’d quickly fall asleep.

and then one fateful night,

whether it was the full moon or the wine,

she fell asleep before she’d taken her last drag.

and those silk dull grey sulk sheets,

went up in a blazing-red tragedy

and now the house burned down, quite literally.

and as they woke up in the flames,

and looked a stranger in the face,

they didn’t even try to make it out.

yes this was their way out.

and all that he could say,

for 30 years of company,

was, “dear, you know you shouldn’t smoke in bed.”


About ananiasgo

Charles Westerman is a freelance writer, songwriter, school bus driver and murder mystery theater actor living in Portland, Oregon. He grew up on a ranch in Chugwater, Wyoming as the youngest of five kids and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Journalism and English Lit. in May 2012. In between driving his Jr. High minions back-and-forth from school, he is currently at work writing his debut literary novel, Where Heaven Meets Cheyenne and its sequel. A two-part telling of the story of his ordinary family that came together in an extraordinary way. For the past two and half years he has worked to tell this story with honesty, excellence and honor to the characters who made it possible.

3 responses to “The 21st Century Marriage (A Tragedy)

  1. awesome. just plain awesome.

  2. hannah k ⋅

    Did you write that?

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