The Man She Married

She eyes this man

A bloated and breathless wretch

Thankfully, this wasn’t the man that she married

No, her vows had been made

To someone straight, tall and young

On that better day so long ago

Yet what had she promised

             To that man who was no longer here?

                             “Or worse”

That’s the line repeating in her head

As she watches this man she thinks she doesn’t know

Time can steal those recognizable features

Until all you’re left with is a piece of paper

Saying that this is the man that you married

Dedicated to the women I know and love who keep the “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” part of their wedding vows day in and day out

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One Response to The Man She Married

  1. Judy says:

    What a kind piece of writing – a lovely acknowledgement of what it costs some to stay faithful to their vows. (my first time here – I followed a link on Sarah Clarkson’s page)

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