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Postmortem.

What went wrong?
We had stolen glances and stolen kisses.
Secret dates that went all night long.

What went wrong?
We had surprise flowers and Christmas parties.
The jealousy of an entire ballroom.

What went wrong?
We had moving trucks and swatches of paint.
We painted each other more than the living room.

What went wrong?
We had diamond rings and an expensive white dress.
Both our mothers had tears of joy that day.

What went wrong?
We had new china and a dog from the shelter.
Leo was to be our practice baby.

What went wrong?
We had worn sofa corners and remotes with teeth marks.
And a new, snuggly addition to our bed.

What went wrong?
We had weekly date nights and ‘work stuff’.
We always had more important things to do.

What went wrong?
We had coffee stains on shiny countertops.
Dirty dishes put just beside the sink, not inside.

What went wrong?
We had an unlatched gate and a moment of distraction.
And a poor puppy who didn’t see the car coming.

What went wrong?
We had tears and screams and rolled eyes,
Justification and blame melting together.

What went wrong?
We had coping routines and the incessant sound,
Of trust unremittingly chipping away.

What went wrong?
We had locked phones and ‘Sorry I’m late’,
“I’ll have to stay in the office today.”

What went wrong?
We had excuses that we didn’t have to make.
We both knew what was going on.

What went wrong?
We had couple’s therapy, we had a trial separation.
We had silence, we had defeat.

What went wrong?

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Appreciator of all things beautiful. Procrastinator At Large. Lover of animals. 23. Simultaneously too young and too old for her age.

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