Inner Sunshine

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Sally’s Poem I for 3-22-17


by Sally Stackhouse

She had to leave; she couldn’t take the drugs and gambling anymore

Living from hand to mouth, she had to protect their young daughter

After a few months a new man said you are the love of my life

I’ll take you into my home and treat you as my wife

It worked well for a couple of years he loved her girl as his own

But there was never enough money to go around.

She tried to help by working full time but it wasn’t enough

They just couldn’t make ends meet life was so tough

Her new job was in an engineer’s office, so different to before

She thrived on the energy, the office banter, so much to explore

There were drinks at lunchtime in the wine bar, a glass of red

The afternoons flew by and then she went home and felt dead.

He paid her particular attention and soon her heart began to beat

Faster and faster as he asked her to check his spreadsheet

Time went on; he offered to help her work towards a promotion

She knew she was playing with fire, poking a smoking cauldron

She threw caution to the wind as he asked to see her one night

She had little resistance and didn’t put up a fight.

Now she had to make the decision but would he stand by her

She was a package deal, both at once, her and her daughter.

She need not have worried because he came up true

She left her old life and the man before and said adieu

She told him she wanted more and life was too short

She nearly stayed when he cried desperate tears, so distraught.

She’d made her decision and steeled her heart

She’d given it to another and she had to depart

Her new bloke was good and kind and loved her dearly

He moved heaven and earth for her and praised her beauty

Then he came home from the office with wonderful news

He was offered an opportunity far away overseas.

Amid many obstacles of changing their lives

They had so many good reasons and motives

An abundance of tears dropped as they left family and friends

To start a new chapter of their life in fabulous New Zealand

Together they bring up her daughter with a love that has grown and deepened.

Word Count: 396

1 Comment


    March 22, 2017

    This is so sweet and heart-felt. I loved it! Thank you for sharing!

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