Parting of the Ways
Why did she say “I’ll be back soon”
when she knew that it was a lie?
It was not simply an ‘Arrivederci’
but a deliberate and final goodbye.
She felt stifled and needed space
and said so in her Dear John letter.
As long as the status quo remained
her situation would not get better.
Was well aware of the consequence
– the likelihood of an ugly divorce –
but life with the newly found freedom
would significantly alter its course.
The world would now be her oyster,
she could flirt with many other suitors
and not be constrained by the tether
employed by a hard-line persecutor.
He feels hard done-by and very bitter
by her sudden, unexpected, defection;
he had believed that their relationship
survived on trust and mutual affection.
Her friends say that it is his own fault
for always wanting to rule the roost
and by resisting the tyrants demands
the girl’s morale was given a boost.
His pals state that her accusations
are nothing but malice and grumbles;
neutral bystanders will just point out:
“That is the way the cookie crumbles.”
© Luigi Pagano 2016