He didn’t hear you.

your voice never reached 

his ears.  The door stop

of his pride pushed your heart

against the wall, and he could

only pull out the blueprints

of the house, the furniture,

And your marriage.  He sized 

you up into inches and your worth 

became manifest destiny.

He built you a perfect cage

within the words: love, loyalty and duty.

You spent years building yourself

into perfection until your palms chafed

in disappointment, your knees ached 

in resentment and your heart shattered.

Every caged bird found freedom,

when the front door opened,

and he never came home.  You learned 

to structure your spine with your own happiness

and created a blueprint in your smile.

You learned about the warmth of sunlight

instead of shoved corner role 

of a basement wife.


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