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.”