Dilemma

Dilemma

A Chapter by Debbie Barry
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A poem about a crisis in my first marriage.

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Dilemma

 


July 7, 1988


I'm caught in the middle
As I have been before.
What will I do this time,
With a husband involved?


I love my husband
As I've never loved.
The vows that I made him
I made with my heart.


Then there's the other one,
The one who he loves.
I don't want to love him
But love him I do.


I don't want to lose
The husband I love.
I know that he senses
What I feel for his friend.


I don't want to love
The other man in my life.
All I want from that one
Is a lasting friendship.


What will I do
With two men in my life?
I don't want to lose either,
But I'm torn up inside.


Oh, my husband,
Please never leave me:
Please know that no other
Can take you from me.


Oh, my brother,
Please never leave me:
Please know only one other
Means more to me.




© 2017 Debbie Barry



Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 19. Please judge the writing, not the situation. Initial reactions appreciated.

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My initial reaction is that I didn't realize how uncomplicated my own life is until now. As to the writing, you write with great feeling; we sense the anguish you were experiencing at the time the poem was written. I am a fan of economy of expression, so I found the brevity and clarity quite favorable. The only thing I would change would be to substitute "whom" for "who" in verse 3.

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My initial reaction is that I didn't realize how uncomplicated my own life is until now. As to the writing, you write with great feeling; we sense the anguish you were experiencing at the time the poem was written. I am a fan of economy of expression, so I found the brevity and clarity quite favorable. The only thing I would change would be to substitute "whom" for "who" in verse 3.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Debbie Barry

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Thank you. Yours is one of the more constructive, useful reviews I've read. I appreciate the comme.. read more

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI



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I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..

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