Dangling Toilet Paper Roll, A Poem of Love

There once was a couple whose love was so true
Never a judgement or discouraging view
Working together, day in and day out
No need for dispute, not even a shout

Then one day while Momma was in the bathroom
Her eyes fell on something, plainly in view
This wasn’t unusual or different that day
But something inside her caused such dismay

The toilet paper roll, sat empty and bare
Just cardboard, sitting and dangling in air
She stood for a moment, her face quite contorted
And made a decision, to leave it as he did

She would leave that roll bare
She just wouldn’t budge
It would sit there till he
Changed it all on his own

Quite determined was she
As the days turned to weeks
Each time she would see it
She’d get quite angry

Holidays came
Birthdays flew by
Such an air of contention
No reason, but why?

She thought awful things
And questioned his logic
“When did my love become so lazy, pathetic?”
“He hasn’t the mind to do one simple chore?”
“This man who I’ve given my life, I’ve adored?”

Then one day she’d had it
She marched him right in
And stared at the empty roll
Hanging so grim

When Daddy looked at it
She fumed even more
He had a huge grim
Eyes brightened, giggles galore

If looks were a killer
He’d fall dead to the floor
He wouldn’t be laughing
He would finish his chore

“How dare you!”  she screamed.
“You silly old fool!”
“I left this roll empty for not one year, but two.”
“And you never noticed!  Or tried to assist me.”
“You just left it for me.  Do you even still love me?”

Daddy looked stunned.  His smile faded quickly.
He looked at the evidence and sighed long and deeply.
“Oh Momma, I thought this was a sign of our love.”
“I thought you were teasing, like when we were young.”
“And every day since, I would smile and know.
That after these years our love still did grow.”

“So many times, I’d be tempted to change it, 
but thought I would ruin this silly arrangement.”

She looked at him baffled, a swell of emotions.
While quietly raging, he was smiling and loved it.
It was then at that moment that she realized her error
and how lucky she was that he loved her so dearly.

She smiled at her love, who had waited so long
And decided to leave it, as a sign of their love.

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About goplayintraffic

My Blog, which began as a mommy blog and turned into a writing website, www.write2survive.com, is the product of my years of being home with my children and trying to find ways to keep myself sane. I have always had this feeling, coming from a single mother, that I have to contribute financially and that I have to be able to take care of myself and my children. having been married, being a NYC school teacher, having four children, living in Newtown, CT and trying to find a way to get through each day with a smile has always been something I've strived for. My stories, articles and poems will do a lot of things but mostly make you feel. I think that is what is so wonderful about having the ability to write. I have been given the gift of taking my emotions and transferring them to written word. Once that is done, I can share those words with others who may feel better, maybe just for a moment, but better nonetheless having read my words. I am glad you are here and hope you will stay:)
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