Shall I Compare our Marriage to a Circus

Shall I Compare our Marriage to a Circus

Ours is not a trapeze act —
me sailing through the air
hoping you’ll be there
(no net),
or a lion tamer/lion duo —
cage and whip vs. claws and fangs.
There’s no tight rope to traverse,
and Eng and Chang
need not apply.
(We like our space.)
But sometimes
there’s cotton candy,
and lots of clowning,
and occasionally
a contortionist act,
though not quite so often
after we turned 60.

– Sarah Russell
for dVerse “Via Negativa
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26 thoughts on “Shall I Compare our Marriage to a Circus

  1. This is wonderful! I especially got a kick out of:
    “and occasionally
    a contortionist act,
    though not quite so often
    after we turned 60.”

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. I have to put off reading everyone’s until tomorrow. Trying to get through submissions for a writing group I’m in that starts at 9 in the morning… Stay tuned.

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  2. kaykuala

    Eng and Chang
    need not apply.
    (We like our space.)

    Love that you make a reference to the famous twins to indicate ‘space’ , Sarah!

    Hank

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  3. Isn’t it a mark of a good marriage that it adapts to the life changes. In the later years, it may no longer have the excitement of the honeymoon stage, but it would have mellowed into something comfortable and deep. I look forward to the kind of life you described in the second half of your poem. 🙂

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      1. That’s awesome. 🙂 I am reminded of my husband who kind of feels offended when I complain that I have no friends around because he always by my side. To him, it goes without saying that we should be each other’s (best)friend. And I think that couples being friends is a good idea because it enriches and strengthens the marriage.

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