2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 2 – He Said/She Said

HeSaid-SheSaid

He said he’d love her,

For better or worse

Said he’d be there for her

Through the good and bad

But then he said he didn’t love her

Said she was not affectionate enough.

 

She said she’d love him

For better or worse

Said she would bear his children

Love and care for them

She said she needed his help and support

Said she was exhausted at night needed rest.

 

He said I need time out

Time with mates, camping, boys stuff

She said the boys are a handful

I’ve not time to think.

He said I love my boys

We do father dad things.

She said baby is ill, throwing up

Boy 2 is naughty, broke a vase today.

He said I’ll deal with this later.

She said I need you now.

He said I have to get to work

She said Boy 1 has shat his pants.

He said you look shit when I get home

She said the boys are killing me.

He said I ‘m going to the pub

She said there’s washing to be done.

He said you are the mother sort it out.

She said I’m doing my best.

 

He came home and the house was empty

She’d taken them all away.

He said I don’t know what to do.

She said do something, anything.

 

Written for: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2016-april-pad-challenge-day-2

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8 Responses to 2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 2 – He Said/She Said

  1. Getting his comeuppance 😉

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    This is a great poem. Some men are enlightened now and understand they need to help out with the kids and chores. But others are old fashioned, and don’t understand, simply having the kids play around them isn’t enough. I can’t blame the woman for leaving, she begged for help and he left her alone.

  3. wildchild47 says:

    This is a great write Michael – I love what you have done with the prompt/suggestion. And even as you don’t often write in poetic form – this free verse of yours – works so well. It echoes the “brokenness” of conversations that often happen when relationships are failing. And how you’ve captured the essence and pain, the frustrations, from both points of view. And wow – the way you concluded – the ending? Those last 2 lines??? They hold such power.

    He said I don’t know what to do.
    She said do something, anything.

    “Her” line – her conclusion – it is firm, but it doesn’t sound vicious, cruel. Just quietly tired. Exhausted.

    And yet …. it is open to interpretation …. like an unfinished conversation.

    Well done and very astute and sensitive. 🙂

  4. A still all too common scenario.

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