Defunct Marriage


Nothing left but silence

In a cemetery of words

Frozen emotions stacked

Side by side with senseless fights

Inside the walk-in freezer

Of a defunct marriage


Broken promises in the corner

Near unfulfilled expectations

And piles of white lies

Carelessly discarded

In the basement of

Years of togetherness


Remnants of passion

Thought of as love

Litter the backyard

Competing with dying

Memories of sex

Never to bloom again


Two bodies, two souls

Held together only

By convenience

And a written contract

Sharing nothing but

Space and time


  • Poetic Dan

    Wow, I needed this more than you'll ever know my friend. Thank you kindly

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks PD! Anything to please!!! 🙂

    • Louis Gibbs

      Been there, done that, a few times. Not a fun way for a relationship to end. Your poem says it all, Fred!

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Louis! Sorry to hear that! Always thought that silence is the real relationship killer. When you fight, at least you still care!

      • Heather T

        Some rise from the smoking heap, and many do not. You've captured the ruins perfectly. This was a poem in itself:

        "Nothing left but silence

        In a cemetery of words"

        • FredPeyer

          Thank you so much Heather! It IS sad to see so many defunct marriages. I guess we are the lucky ones! And you are right, these two lines would make a good shorty!

        • Laura🌻

          A metaphorically rich write to describe a defunct marriage! Kudos my friend! It’s going right into my favorites in case I need to reference it!
          Unfortunately it’s a sad subject matter, but realistic for many!


          • FredPeyer

            Thank you Laura! And thanks for making it a favorite, I am honored. Yes it is a sad subject matter, but all too real! Once the talking stops, there is nothing left.

          • Accidental Poet

            Been down that road once Fred. All I found was a dead end. Great write.

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks AP, sorry to hear you had to experience it first hand. At least you got out. Too many remain in that dead end.

              • Accidental Poet

                Yes, I'd be in the nuthouse now if I didn't get out when I did. But you're right, some don't see a way out.

              • Michael Edwards

                Reading this makes me realise how privileged I am - super work Fred

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks Michael, we both are very privileged!

                • Goldfinch60

                  This is a very true write Fred for many people, I am very grateful that I am not one of them, although life is hard with my wife's dementia our love is still there and shine through us.

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks Goldie! I know that life must be very hard for you, but love conquers all! She might not be able to tell you anymore, but you know it is there!

                  • Aislinn Wilson

                    The course of this poem is very entrancing, entrancing in a way that really aids to the feeling of being trapped. Really amazing poem.

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thanks so much for your comment, Aislinn! It is really nice if something one writes resonates with the reader.

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