This poem is dedicated to my dear friend AAC.
On the eve of your divorce,
I want you to remember
That you haven’t lost love.
You found it the day you met her.
And that love endures,
Not only in your two beautiful daughters,
But also in the way that you and your ex
Treat each other.
I am inspired by how you move
With each other’s tides,
Adapting your schedules seamlessly
To help each other out.
She gets a new job?
You take the kids to school every morning.
One of you has concert tickets?
The other fills in.
One of you is going through a rough time?
The other is there for her,
Listening and supporting,
No matter what is on your plate.
Remember too that since your breakup
You have learned,
To open yourself up,
To new experiences and feelings,
And you have rediscovered yourself,
Which is no small feat.
Oh my sweet friend
With your heart wide open,
I know that you are feeling tender tonight.
Remember that I love you and
So appreciate having
A comrade in peaceful divorceland.
Tomorrow you will untie the knot,
And the one in your stomach will ease too.
Well-being will flow back into your body
Because the hard transition,
You have already made.
And you know that the decision was right
For you, for her, and for your sweet daughters.
Tomorrow is not only an ending,
But a beginning too.
I look forward to being
An observer and co-conspirator
As your future unfurls,
Like a flower reaching for the sun.