The Neighbors

Things went bad rather quickly, and, afterward,
Silence seemed better than conversation.
Darkness was preferable to light. He found
An apartment not far from her and their children,
And dated an overweight seamstress, who he
Thought was fine, but the kids didn't like.
She fell for a man who had problems
With heroin. Nothing got easier. Nobody
Smiled on holidays when they would be in
One room. The children weren't sorry when
He just gave up, and moved out to the coast
With his new seamstress wife. The boyfriend
Was found on the floor in their bathroom,
Needle in arm, with no signs of life. The kids,
Understandably, never seemed happy, but one
Of the girls was sent off to college, where
She met a boy, who was thoughtful
And sweet, and her life rather quickly
Went right.

Poetry by Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2018-04-02 at 22:48

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jim The PoetBay support member heart!
A happy ending! How fine that you have given us that amid so much misery and upset.

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
So much tragedy in this story with a quasi-happy ending.
It's probably the story of so many families, but the one girl got lucky. Are all troubles caused by how men behave?