I heard you come in late last night -
Quietly, to not awaken me.
You tiptoed down the hallway slowly,
Making sure the floor didn't creak.

You carefully climbed into our bed -
So as to not cause shift or rumble.
For fear you might have to explain,
Don't want to get in any trouble.

I could smell the booze upon your breath -
It permeated my pain inside.
I don't know this person I'm sleeping with,
You're a stranger by my side.

I still don't know why you're so distant -
You never look into my eyes.
You never say "I Love You" anymore,
A simple nod seems to suffice.

How did we get to this unloving place -
Where we just simply co-exist?
When it use to be - just you n' me,
Somehow we slipped and lost our grip.

Is there any way to salvage this - 
Without going thru hell and back?
Is there any chance there is a way,
To get back what we once had?

Or is it just too late for us -
Did we somehow miss that train?
Are we only here for the security,
Because we don't want to face the pain?

What kind of life, is this we lead -
One of emotional abstinence?
Please help me to try and understand,
I can't live in this coexistence!


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am2anangel commented on Coexistence


okay seriously 'get out of my head' lol! It's like I felt and lived every moment of this minus the booze. But regardless excellent write makes one ponder their own relationships. I absolutely loved this one too another add to my favs. lol!



Thanks Angel! :) Unfortunately, I think a lot of us can relate to this one in one way or another, I appreciate your comments! :) Thanks again for the faves! Ken

jademelissa74 commented on Coexistence


The sad reality of today's loving state. Your poem speaks nothing but truth and it inflicts reflection upon the reader. One must always make a point to convey true feelings to the significant other to avoid "coexistence" without love for one another :)) Great job Ken!



Thanks! I once again am humbled as usual by your comments! :) I always try to convey my emotions in my work so as to include the reader and to make them think. Thanks for noticing! :) Ken

Dano commented on Coexistence


there is alot of questions and doubt surrounding what is going on here... really heavy drawing alot of emotions with each line... i like the flow alot and the rhyming makes for a very rhythmic read... nicely written



Thx Dano~ I appreciate your comments. Yes, there are a lot of questions that usually are not posed in this undesirable state that many couples live in. It's sad, but an unfortunate reality for some. Thx again, Ken

stellar commented on Coexistence


I like this poem so much because I can relate to the style aside from I am touched...Love the narration kind of similar to my naked before me in style...



THanks Stellar - I agree- Your "Naked Before Me" has a very similar tone. I'm happy you can relate - but sad that we had to live thru it. Thanks again, Ken

gogant commented on Coexistence


As in the words of Ronnie Milsap..."There's a stranger in our house...somebody I don't know..." Wow, Ken, you draw a quaint scenario that lots of guys have gone through...................g



Thanks Gogant! Ya - I'm sure a lot of us have lived this. But, I chock it up to experience ... I won't let it happen again. Life's too short! Thanks again, Ken

Poetry is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

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