The End of A Marriage

This was written for this week’s Totally Optional Prompt: tempo. I chose to write about an alternate meaning of the word for this hay(na)ku chain. Enjoy.


made me
lose a tempo

backing me
into a corner

moved only
in pure defense

avoid being
put in check

queen sports
a hairline crack

king is
worn with age

end in
a sad stalemate

this was
the wrong game

Written 7/10/08
© 2008 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.

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About ravenswingpoetry

I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
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14 Responses to The End of A Marriage

  1. anne musisi says:

    It is always a stalemate and nobody wins – just lots of pain and trying to move on – such a waste when beings that gave themselves their all turn and try for winner takes all. But as you say the game is done and no one’s won……

  2. anthonynorth says:

    Chess as a metaphor for a relationship. Loved it.

  3. lirone says:

    I agree the chess game works very well as a metaphor… I saw the word “stalemate” in a new light in the context of growing tired with your partner! And an interesting take on the word “tempo”.

  4. Thank you, everybody. This was written from a place where I was about ten years ago. I have learned the hard way how painful this really is.


  5. pauline says:

    Even read through without pausing at the line breaks (which, by the way, add an interesting backed into a corner feeling), your words have a flow and a rhythm that lend themselves well to the subject matter.

  6. Linda Jacobs says:

    So often I feel exactly the same way. This really spoke to me! Wonderful poem!

  7. Noah says:

    Oh, this is sad.

  8. Yeah, you’re right tempo is a chess move and your poem is very true to life.

  9. texasblu says:

    I agree with Noah – very painful! Like everyone else I think this was a great metaphor, and the tempo was just right. Well done!

  10. Thank you, everyone. I first didn’t know if I wanted to expose myself this much. Now, I know it’s worth it.

    Thank you.


  11. Brian says:

    Thank you for opening your soul for us to read.

  12. You’re welcome, Brian.


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