when we fell

rocky torso
in my mind
he’d been a colossus
neck thick as a buoy

a broad shouldered Atlas on earth 
chiseled iron thighs like Alamo cannons
a man designed to make women shudder
I watched this colossus shrink
his lies come apart
unravel
at the first sign of honest depth
unhinge from his bold bright eyes
the stacked plates

built on periodical fantasies
real weight pulled the heart from his chest
long ago

all that massive strength trapped uselessly in mortal flesh
weak, he was weaker than I

my will so much greater
still
I could not lift his heart
and he could not press away the lies

when we fell
with a pounding thud
onto the gym floor

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19 thoughts on “when we fell

  1. Beautiful work AnnMarie! I hope you had a great mothers day. I am writing another story for Santana. I also wrote her a song today. Lily Rose Depp is in one of the stories too I hope she reads my stories one day. Today started off lame but with the writing got better. AnnMarie=Number One! Woo hoo!

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    • had a lovely day
      the only gift I ever ask from my kiddies are handmade cards – nothing purchased – and I must say they always come through with flying colored pens. their cards always make me cry the happiest of tears – they’re are both strong creative writers and I’m quite lucky to have them in my life:)
      am:)
      I hope you’re feeling well, Dan
      just keep writing and keep sending you’re an inspiration to many:)

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  2. Since you made a comment on hidden meaning, I will make an attempt. Ha ha! Go beyond the physical appearance and look to find someone as a partner who can handle “honest depth.” One can’t lift someone’s heart or change them. The gym is not the place to find a man with brains via image of a headless muscle body. 🙂

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  3. I’m glad your kidlets take good care of their mama…you are their best example of how to live creatively. I, too, got home-made cards (from both granddaughters) and then shared the Mother’s Day work shift with my daughter. Life is good.

    And your colossus with feet and heart of clay crashed magnificently. – Fawn

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    • Hi Fawn-
      The “kidlets” are pretty spectacular – as are yours – there will never be anything that can surpass the sentiments expressed in a handmade card:)
      thanks for your kind words here
      so glad you had a lovely Mother’s Day working side by side with your daughter
      am:)

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