Marriage Bound – A Cascade Poem

We signed this paper

We are legally bound

The hard work begins

We climbed the steps and waited in line

On our lunch hour

We signed this paper

That night we fought

You slept on the couch

We are legally bound

Morning came

You made me coffee

The hard work begins

Another cascade poem about a relationship, this one responding to Jamie Dedes’ Wednesday prompt to write about weddings or marriage. She states, “As with all human institutions and traditions, weddings and marriages can be very mixed things.”

I wholeheartedly agree with this. Weddings are often fraught with family drama – it’s like all major holiday dinners with two entire families who are staying in one small house all rolled into one day.

After the wedding, marriage itself is a mixed bag of highs and lows. Some couples do call it quits when the lows seem too much but for other couples, those marriage vows, that piece of paper, is permanently binding. Barring any type of abuse, these couples put in the hard work to maintain their commitment.

Relationships are mentally, emotionally and physically demanding. Sometimes love is enough to get us through. Sometimes we need a little more – from our partner, family, friends, from ourselves. But in the end, we all still hope to say, “It was worth it.”

©️ iido 2018

14 thoughts on “Marriage Bound – A Cascade Poem

  1. well written , a practical look at a partnership and maybe what everyone should start with when deciding to marry, so each one is respected and not taken for granted too. i like the pauses between your lines, you do caesura so well in this poetic form

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  2. Such a beautiful image of marriage ❤ After the "happily ever after" is said and the credits roll on the film, "true" love becomes "real" love, and the hard work begins. It's so much more rewarding than a fairy tale or a rom-com.

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