APOLOGETICS – tanka sequence

12 Jul


He brought her a writing desk
and ink, a pen and paper,
but no envelopes, no postage—
she scribbles blue-black cartoons
of herself at the silent desk

He brings all her necessities
she doesn’t need to shop
she never gets to shop
hate-hardened eyes follow Him
her private prison guard

He covers his shame
with flowers and apologies—
her tentative smile
in the morning the flowers die
her hopes died more quickly

He finds her gone
her house key on the dinner table
she abandoned Him and His house
but she left no note, no flowers
and no apology



Posted by on July 12, 2016 in Short Verse, Tanka


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3 responses to “APOLOGETICS – tanka sequence

  1. madhuri

    July 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Oh this is sad!


    • Denis M. Garrison

      July 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you, yes. I helped my wife in her work protecting families from spousal abuse. For many abusers, the behavior pattern is stereotypical.

      Liked by 1 person

      • madhuri

        July 12, 2016 at 11:09 pm

        What a great thing to do, to help women in abusive relationship! God bless!



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