He never wore a ring, she said.
Though it might have been better
than mangling it on a lumber hook
two days after the wedding,
nearly cutting that digit free
at least.

Such things happen,
I know.

Symbols on display
do not indicate what harbors within.
Commitment, where it exists,
lies safe within a beating heart
and cannot be excised that easily.


10 thoughts on “Vows

    1. Sometimes it is, Elisa, yes. Although in the poem, these are two friends talking. The first is feeling a little put out that her husband never wore his ring. The second’s marriage was doomed from the start, and the the incident with the ring and the pulp hook was fitting symbol for what was to come. Thanks, as always, for sharing your thoughts.


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