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Autumn Conversation
by Julianza (Julie) Kim Shavin

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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After this, and so many with this theme, I hope to move on to new themes, and less confessional poetry. Non-confessional, in fact. Shake it up a bit. Write about herbs or something.

                           AUTUMN CONVERSATION

 You in a two day stubble and down from a forty

to thirty-six waistline from feasting on despair,

and me in the usual stained sweats, up to a

30 inch waistline from feasting on despair,

and huddled in coats while a weak sun

bathes the yard beginning its dying

with a single red leaf, the ancient tree arching

like a giant umbrella, dangling frilly green hands,

as, between us, sit two other people,

though not in the flesh, and one

multiple choice test generated to get to the

bottom of the sea of our floundering union.


And whom do you want, I ask, matter-of-factly,

A or B?  And is this a real want,

or just to spare me pain?

(note to self, this can be a good sign)

And if such pain could be contained, then what?

And which of us departs, and to where,

and what about our golden anniversary?

And what of the the double standard?

If you give up her I need to give up him,

but if either cannot, then what? 


And do you understand how you scorned

me for ten long years, and how you've said

I ruined you, so many times, had I a

dime each for each pronouncement

I could live in Paris, Santa Fe, or the Big Sur coast?


We're halfway down the questionnaire

as the sun winces throughout the

cracks in your choices, some of them

rendering others non-applicable, and

all of this is handled very Vulcan-like,

with all its logic of if-so's and therefore's.


 A bluebird treads the top of the fence,

a squirrel skitters across the deck roof,

and both of us, quasi-religious, think

we divine some positive sort of sign,

though knowing that when all is said and done,

nothing really is.   But apparently

we will stay together for now.


Then, in the curious absence of relief or joy

we go inside and assume our chores,

leaving the day to its coming chill

knowing the sameness will continue,

which will never be the same, still.


Copyright Julianza Shavin 2009






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Reviewed by Jon Willey 3/20/2009
the great Mexican standoff of marital relationship -- penned with a lot of emotion and grit Julianza -- I enjoyed this read -- peace and love-- JMW
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/19/2009
I adore these lines, Julianza, wish I'd written them, in particular the first four lines! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/19/2009
These moments are often unforgettable in their seconds of clarity, that come back to visit us over and over again. Excellant write julie.

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