Saga of an all-too-familiar scenario: a man puts his career ahead of his relationship and workaholism ends up destroying the latter. But in more recent times it seems as if more women have also joined the workaholic cult, among other things making liars out of all those futurists who roughly half a century ago predicted that modern technology would give us increased amounts of leisure time.


MAN IN THE PHOTOGRAPH

c2018 Brian Beecher


He was given the opportunity
To show off all his skills
The fact that he was away so much
Only added to her ills

When he comes home way after midnight
Feelings can be more intense
May even border on obsessive
Does staying married make much sense

She stares hard into the photograph
AT the man she can recall
Who once was very good to her
Before the marriage took a fall

With sensitive energy to connect
In a quite meaningful way
Back when she would feel more balance
And had hope for each new day

Friends and family have told her
She may be holding herself back
And it keep on getting harder
Keeping her feelings in check

Playing nice in her relationship
May have been too much to ask
And the picture still hangs there
Of one who once made her laugh
Now tears fall as she looks at
The man in the photograph

Everyone wants to feel connected
She’s no exception to the rule
But does she need to stay with someone
Who’s been playing her for a fool

Sacrificing more than the other
Is usually a losing game
But he’s the one who’s giving up on her
In his quest for wealth and fame

The door to her intuition
Has swung open wide today
So she’ll pack her bags and leave this place
And start making her own way

And although emotions still run deep
And she’ll need time to heal wounds
Forward in a new direction
Hoping to find peace real soon

Playing nice in her relationship
May have been too much to ask
And the picture still hangs there
Of one who once made her laugh
Now tears fall as she looks at
The man in the photograph