Marriage Breakdown

by Dave Hood

Her name’s Sue,

a trophy wife

whose living the domestic life.


She wears the pants, enjoys a good rant,

demands her way, ignores fair play.


She pouts and shouts and doubts his love,

smashes dishes when he doesn’t abide with her wishes.


She believes she is always right, often starts the fight,

argues about everything and anything.


She doesn’t work, prefers to sit,

watch soaps, run up the credit card

on weekly shopping sprees.


She cooks and cleans, makes the bed

when it’s right for her,

prefers to work out at the gym,

drink coffee with the gals

talk nonsense.


She’s stopped wearing her wedding ring,

she’s seeking a fling,

with the stud up the street

with a guy named Don Juan.


She visits a therapist every week

where she weeps,

complains that her husband’s a “lazy lout”,

refers to him as “the creep”,

grumbles that he prefers to drink beer,

watch baseball, leer at pretty, young women,

than provide  his devoted attention,

imagines that after work, he staying out late

because he’s on a date.

He is to blame, what a shame, she brags

to friends and family.


Yet, she continues to play the marriage game.

Otherwise, she has no fortune or fame,

Just her maiden name.


Day by day, his mind wanders away,

looks around.

It’s just a matter of time

before he packs his bags,

walks out, slams the door,

leaves her behind,

starts a new life without any strife.

And she’ll be left alone

in her empty home

as the grieving trophy wife.


About Dave Hood

Lover of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Professional photographer and writer. Without the arts, life would be rather mundane, like a walk down the same old path on a dull day.
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