Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad 'D'?


Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad 'D'?

Our wedding day was bliss.  Full of hope and love and shared dreams, as the fairy tales promised it would be.  Most fairy tales stop there.  But what would happen if we followed up three years down the line? 

Would Cinderella be suffering from 'alienation of affection'?

Would Snow White be barefoot, pregnant, hormonal, and wishing the the damn cottage had running water?

Would Sleeping Beauty be hooked on Xanex and Vicodin to handle the stress of each morning that she had to make herself roll out of bed?

Would Beauty and the Beast have become the Beast and the Beast when she suffered from post-partum depression?

What happens when the fairy godmother stops calling just to chat?

When the dwarves stop trying to comfort the inconsolable?

When the woodland creatures give up and return to the mundane forest just for some peace and quiet?

Who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?

But at least we have our beautiful memories...

That's supposed to console us?

Our wedding day was bliss...

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HarverTomsson commented on Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad 'D'?


There is a place for gallows humor. But one usually needs the gallows to find it. On the other hand, divorce is like living death. And no one wants to laugh at failure ahead of time, even if it is someone elses. Like the full chairs at the dentist office, your turn always comes too soon. The funny lines here are all up front. By the end, we know we've been had. Like kissing a lit cigar, it may have made an indelible impression, but what an aftertaste!



Thank you so much for your input! As always, I deeply appreciate your insights.



I think this is where one uses the word, "wry" as a modifier to the word "Humor." Your poem has it in spades.

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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