When, at last, auditions ended
parts were cast and roles assigned.
By the time the vows were taken
expectations had declined.
She replaced the silk with sweatshirts
He drank beer instead of wine,
They had tired of pretending
Both agreed that it was fine.
Sometimes laundry went unfolded,
furniture grew thick with dust.
They had made accommodations
Every happy couple must.
When her garden went unweeded
when he failed to take out trash
they hung in there, through the hard times
long on love, though short on cash.
Through the years of strife and struggle,
obstacles they couldn’t plan
they held fast, to face the future-
each the other’s biggest fan.
Leading man and leading lady
both had heard the casting call.
Their romantic comedy
became the envy of us all.
Kathy Lundy Derengowski writes: “I selected this poem for submission, because it is one that just “fell into place” and because it still captures the essence of a satisfying marriage.”
Kathy Lundy Derengowski’s work has appeared in Summation, California Quarterly, Silver Birch Press, Autumn Sky Daily, Turtle Light Press, the Journal of Modern Poetry, as well as the latest Potcake Chapbook, ‘Houses and Homes Forever‘. She has won awards from the California State Poetry Society and was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards poetry chapbook category.
Although she does not have a website or blog, you can find a reading of a few of her earlier poems on YouTube under Kathy Lundy Derengowski.