The following was inspired by a conversation with a niece while discussing the question in the title.  It doesn’t suggest an answer, it merely re-frames the question.


Couples hand-in-handing through the park
Skipping stones across eternity’s pond
Living in a world built for two.

True love their gentle chain
Mutually sought and mutually borne
Souls linked forever along life’s path.

Unbendable, unshakeable, immutable
Until that day, that never expected day,
When vision either clouds or clears.

One looks at the other with new eyes
And sees a stranger standing there
And wonders who this might be.

Suddenly the velvet chain is gone,
Their eternity has drawn to a close.
One may still feel but the bond is broken

And love has flown to wherever love goes
When minds change, hearts break
And forever becomes a lie.

An excerpt from my book, “A Mixed Bag.”

Rick Fontes


About rixlibris

Retired from child care photography after thirty years of coaxing smiles and wiping noses. Currently venting years of repressed fictional story lines via self-published novels. Married and still alive in a remote corner of Waller County, Texas.
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  1. this is really such a cool writing.. share it Rixlibris..

    • rixlibris says:

      Thanks for your kind words. I truly appreciate them.
      The past two Sundays I have posted excerpts from my book, “A Mixed Bag.” on Jason Cushman’s site. The week prior it was a selection titled “My Private Ballerina”. I also featured the book as a Goodreads giveaway, 10 copies, and it is available on Amazon (blatant commercial plug). If Jason does the open blog invitation again tomorrow I intend to post another.

  2. Brenda says:

    I just came across your blog thanks to your book promotion on Jason’s site. Your poetry is beautiful and refreshing.

  3. amommasview says:

    Page 42 and it has a bookmark there. I love this piece, read it every now and then again and ponder about where it might go… maybe it moves on? Finds a new couple? Someone to stick to forever?

    • rixlibris says:

      Thanks. This selection triggered a later discussion on where does marriage go when it is annulled by the church. The quick answer is that in an annulment the marriage “never existed” but what of the memories, the good times spent together, the kids, maybe even the remnants of a mortgage and most especially, the dreams that were mutually shared early on. So much stuff has to disappear when “forever becomes a lie.”

  4. rixlibris says:

    Maybe Henry number 8 was right, simply “divorce” the Pope and start a religion of your own.

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