Together

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I. 

Today, yesterday, years ago…

I had a voice, a strong female, estrogen filled to the brim,

Overflowing voice–

But a leather-bound 1611 KJV slapped hard till

I couldn’t speak above a whisper then

Silence. Voiceless and adrift

In testosterone oceans

Of those who tried speaking for me

But couldn’t.

Then, a man in a black suit, teary eyed

Stood waiting for me down the narrow aisle

Between pews and stained glass

With eyes watching, hearts joined.

He awoke my voice, my strong female,

Estrogen filled to the brim voice,

From its Silence

So we two could talk

Together.

_______________________

II.

Together,

Our lives fold up like a Swiss Army knife.

Together,

We cut and twist and open

Working side by side

Different and same

In one plastic red case.

Apart–

We’re just a bunch of tools.

Together,

We’re one.

_____________________

III.

Together,

We slip into the night

Day weary, work slogged

Bodies grasping for rest.

There below the picture windows,

Dishes piled high from supper,

Shut the door, ignore the unwashed sock tower

Dangerously close to toppling over.

Slip off towards living room and sofa

To weave our mundaneness

Into stories and dreams and lives.

Half sunk into cushions,

We mingle parts of ourselves into every word

Until we can’t recognize our separate tales–

Our story so intertwined into a unified plot

Pushing us toward forever.

But isn’t this how marriage works–

Two become one, equals and friends,

Spinning our stories from

You and me into us and we?

 

Today’s post is in celebration of Mutuality Week 2012 hosted by blogger and friend Rachel Held Evans. We are writing about how we egalitarians do this marriage thing, this equality thing, this mutuality thing. As a poet-writer, I bring my offering as poetry. Go and read several of the amazing posts, link up with the syncroblog, and follow the hashtag #Mutuality2012.

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12 Comments

Filed under marriage, poetry

  • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

    I just don’t get tired of reading your poetry.

    “Spinning our stories from
    You and me into us and we?”
    Yes, yes, yes. This is what I want. Absolutely gorgeous, my friend.

    • http://sarahaskins.com Sarah Askins

      Marriage is such a hard subject for poetry. There is plenty of poetry for romantic love, but I would love more poetry about married love. So glad you enjoyed these today.

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    Beautiful, Sarah!

    • http://sarahaskins.com Sarah Askins

      Thank you, Leigh. Personal truths are so beautiful.

  • http://www.adamshome.blogspot.com Erin Adams

    Sarah, this is beautiful!  I know the truth of the silence, the awakening  & the oneness.  Your poetry is perfect.  I love the swiss army knife

    • http://sarahaskins.com Sarah Askins

      After reading Rachel’s definition of mutuality, I couldn’t get the Swiss Army knife as an image for marriage out of mind. Thank you for you kind words.

  • Amanda [life. edited.]

    Sarah! I love this so much. Beautiful and truth-filled, every word counts. Well done.

    • http://sarahaskins.com Sarah Askins

      Why thank you lovely for your kind words. 

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  • pastordt

    These are just lovely, Sarah. Thanks so much. Here from Alise’s Sunday list and I’m sticking around, too.

    • http://sarahaskins.com Sarah Askins

      So lovely to have you visit and for your kind words. Always does a poet’s heart good to meet new people in this internetland.

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