Two of Every Thing

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“Broken Vows” was painted by Philip Hermogenes Calderon in 1856. Now at the Tate Gallery in London, the painting, which was wildly popular in its time, captures a woman discovering that her lover is unfaithful. My friend, artist Johniene Papandreas, rendered her vision of this masterpiece (below), displayed in my Cape Cod home. I offer these thoughts to all who have suffered the abiding pain of infidelity.  


TWO OF EVERY THING

Why do I have two of every thing

still?

Two chairs side by side

everywhere throughout the place,

a relentless refrain,

when I need but one

because

I am one,

the loneliest number,

some singer informed me.

Two pillows

where one will do.

Two sinks in the bathroom.

A table for two

assumed when I call,

else eat alone at the bar.

His attention, too, divided.

Love divisible.

Two of every thing

for him, too.

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                                                                                                            (Gallery Voyeur)


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  • commented 2016-11-05 06:55:19 -0400
    Thank you, Elizabeth Destiny, for your emailed comment: “Strikingly painful!”