Epitaph for Lovers

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Gustav Klimt, 1862-1918

And should the treasured words cease to mean anything at all
what more is there to say for the epitaph is written on the wall
for when true love staggers and flees, the silent treatment begins
as we play over in our tortured minds the other’s mortal sins

The distance from one another grows with each passing day
Lips that once whispered I love you have nothing kind to say
as the gaping chasm between two lovers splits and deepens
the only sound heard in the darkness is one of them weeping

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

dVerse Poets Pub: OLN

Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 23 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. 
You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and her Amazon Author Page

32 Comments on “Epitaph for Lovers

  1. This is heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Linda! ❤️ I guess sometimes we just grow up to become different people.. and eventually drift apart.

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  2. Happens too often…perhaps lips can learn to speak kindly again? My husband and I were at odds until taking a class based on book, Love & Respect by Eggerich…good principles.

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  3. Did you write this as an ekphrastic poem based on the Klimt painting, or did you write the poem first and then add the image? Either way, you’ve captured the despair of the demise of love, Linda!

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    • Hi Kim! Good to see you. I know you have been really busy. I wrote the poem first, but then found the Klimt painting. I thought it was a perfect image. Thank you so much!

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  4. First of all, so sorry for this extremely late response.

    Marriage is work but both parties must rise to the challenge. Your poem resonates strongly with me as I lived in that “gaping chasm” for many years. I was very happy for the ending and new beginnings. You capture the pain well in your words and what a fitting image you chose to accompany your poem.

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