I didn't write this poem in response to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's marriage and divorce. Punditry about their divorce, which is either (charitably) hair-splitting or (more viscerally) asinine, did inspire me to post it now, though.
Mining in Tandem
an original poem by Jeff Forster
In the wedding cards of
family and friends,
"Welcome to the institution." Ha!
"Marriage is fun."
We don't write,
"Work like hell."
But we probably should.
It's hard to picture one of those
not-believably-rustic Pottery Barn plaques
with the slogan printed in
some harmless font:
"Fall in love. Stick together.
Work like hell."
There's a lot to overcome
deep down in any one of us.
When we put two down deeps
together, why wouldn't we
guess that it would be a ton of work?
It's like mining in tandem.
Holding onto one another while chipping
away at all that lies down deep.
Holding the line. Shining a light on
Working. Like hell.
The reward for all this work is not
some pile of gold or jewels
or even coal.
The reward is discovering
that it is possible
to bring each other out of the dark.
2 weeks ago