Aside

empty lot

alone in a warm field
building razed, burned to the ground
soil has been tilled, turned over and torn
the good, the bad, all that’s left mixed
compost, fertilizer, rubble
plastic, glass, concrete
shards of a life scattered
until someone else comes along
and sees a plot of land to claim
a new life to build
a new home
a new family
dreams grow on rubble

Aside

en garde

en garde
swords clashing
the sting of words
marriage,
a dance to the death
riposte
parry
love
combat of hearts
thrust
thrust
disengage
lunge
win
rip off the masks
congratulate the winner
thank the loser
back to life
back to the better half