Separate Ways

Sunday Whirl 142behind her
the first scarlet rays
struck the sky

the pair knew they didn’t
have a moment to spare

he had expected this day
and saved a bit for it

they stood in a long, loving caress
then using all their might
they walked separate ways


Written for The Sunday Whirl.  The words this week:  bit, might, behind, spare, caress, sky, save, expect, pair, struck, scarlet, first.

About Sabra Bowers

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34 Responses to Separate Ways

  1. A tight and economical use of the words to create a coherent and satisfying result. I like it.


  2. Jae Rose says:

    I think it’s a fine an honesty that we could do well to apply to the real world


  3. kaykuala says:

    It takes great courage to confront the situation and resolves to go separate ways. It puts thinking into play to create such a poem as this. Well wrapped up Sabra!



  4. oldegg says:

    Yours appears to be a gentler breakup than that in my piece. A relationship can be habit forming and realization finally sinks in that it is going nowhere. Glad you did play.


    • Sabra Bowers says:

      Thank you oldegg for your visit and comments. I always appreciate hearing from you. Off in a few to read yours. I like the poems you write about relationship. There is always honesty in them.


  5. oh how sad…and sort of sweet and hopeful as well.


  6. Beautifully unexpected…yet tender.


  7. Robin says:

    They took an unexpected turn at the end. I like it.


  8. Laurie Kolp says:

    What’s left unsaid intrigues me.


  9. Marianne says:

    It takes courage to go separate ways …


  10. Sabra Bowers says:

    Yes, indeed. Thanks for your visit and comment, Marianne. 🙂


  11. Using all their might… I understand that one. Moving on when we know it’s what is best for us, can be darn difficult.


  12. Linda Jacobs says:

    There is a whole novel here in ten lines! I love how tight this is and how crisp the images!


  13. Irene says:

    Unexpected twist.


  14. 1sojournal says:

    Endings are also beginnings. You’ve captured that sense with your economical use of the words.



  15. Pamela says:

    Sabra, this made me cry, in lieu of my husband’s health problems. It is beautifully written.



  16. Misky says:

    Such a spark can really light ones imagination!


  17. ms pie says:

    yes, it does take might…. hard to put your arms around it but one can definitely sit upon the mountain…. love this in every way… the softness shining through and the grit still sticks in my teeth….


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