apathy the enemy


apathy the enemy

desperate longing leads hungry eyes
to feast on what they may
for all her special private charms
are safely packed away

the remnant of their passions fire
falls like ashes through the silence
blindly unacknowledged
their apathy trumps violence

empty conversations
fill lonely days and nights
never anything to spark
the loving or the fights

so roving eyes will wander
over vistas yet unseen
insatiable his appetite
for untasted cuisine

how merrily she doth persist
in oblivion's pursuit
mindlessly she's entertained
while he reaps forbidden fruit

thoughtless and self-centered
neither one will try
so each remains a captive to
their blind and roving eye

till one day lusting eyes alight
on one who shares their gleam
his feet begin to tread the path
that leads to death of dreams

in guilt and green-hued jealousy
his accusations fall
loud and ineffective
miles short of her walls

and though my words bring anger
for what hasn't happened yet
I tell you now the road you're on
leads only to regret

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devaamido commented on apathy the enemy


Another wise, poignantly and sensitively written work about a very common, almost ubiquitous marital problem. Excellent!

AmadeusEx commented on apathy the enemy


you flow from word to word like few others on this site, its a pure joy to read, and this one is especially wise and poignant...have a way of forcing me to question my own choices in life...very well done

WinterFrost commented on apathy the enemy


Words of warning to those who would poison another's well. You've tendered up more mercy than perhaps they deserve. As always lovely poems

ISAACSCURSE commented on apathy the enemy


I love it! Nice flow and feel. This poem hits home for me. Been there done that, and I have felt that regret. 10 from me also

Artie commented on apathy the enemy


You have an amazing gift for expressing such complexity, with ease. 10 from me...

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Czech writer.

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