“Terminal Wasteland?” tells about my relationship with a partner from 2006 – 2017. It began as two broken and lonely people desperately seeking warmth in what seemed at the time a very cold world. Each of us had heavy loads of baggage that we sort of just hurled into the corner and forgot about, so wrapped up we were with each other; parched souls that had found oasis. Our extended vacation from the cold and from our forgotten flaws restored belief in a higher power’s benevolence.
Nobody can live in play land forever. Once we returned we began noticing stuff from the bags had crept out and were laying everywhere. What had first seemed like willful folly in trading away common sense for mindless hedonistic companionship took a more sinister turn when the red flags couldn’t be rationalized away anymore. It’s funny how a person can convince themselves of just about anything in order to avoid the truth of a situation.
We parted on uncomfortable terms, each curled and trembling in our respective suitcases. The relationship’s epilogue in the poem hints that, even though we two broken souls mucked it up terribly, we could choose to become healthier and choose healthier partners next time.
Long hot summer turns
Fall, then winter’s frozen tears;
Spring hopes emerging.
Kim from North Norfolk is today’s host of dVerse. Kim says:
For my challenge, I ask you to go back into your archives to search for an autobiographical poem, one of which you are particularly fond or one that lends itself to the task in hand. Write a prose background to your chosen poem, giving us more details of when and where it happened, who else was involved, the how and the why, including a link to the original poem if you wish, and then sum up the poem in a haiku. Aim to write no more than three tight paragraphs, followed by a traditional haiku that includes reference to the season.