Unsolved Puzzle

Written for:  Friday Writings #44 - To Err Is Human

"For this week’s optional prompt, I invite you to write about a time when we realized we were wrong about something, and what we did after the realization hit us."

Sometimes signs flash
past us too quickly
to take notice.
Moving does not
make life better.

After hearing
constant complaints–
shoveling snow, cold
weather, hating New York–
I could not bear
the talk, talk, talk 
any longer.  I was happy

with my home, but
never one to contemplate,
I agreed to relocate
across the country.  He
developed quirks.
I chose to ignore them.
After the move, changes
in behavior forced me to look.

All friends and family
were in New York.  I needed
support, and finally made
that tough decision to
pack up and move back.
Turns out he was glad.
Although I had to do
all the packing,
and arrangements, I knew
it was for the best.

These last five years
have brought chaos,
fear, and many tears.
I am home.  My sister
is here.  Life remains
an unsolved puzzle.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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20 Responses to Unsolved Puzzle

  1. Hmmm, I guess that”s what life is really, no matter one’s particular circumstances at any time. Still seems better not to have stayed with him.


  2. Helen says:

    Sara, you have described a situation sadly familiar to many I would imagine. In your safe place now … I wish you peace.


  3. Rall says:

    I hope you are getting all the support you need.


  4. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    At least one puzzle was solved, and knowing the answer brought you back to where you felt most at home.


  5. Proving that a person’s real home can be anywhere, even in New York 🙂

    And the mistake is leaving home in the first place. Some people don’t seem to care where they are. Others do.


  6. Margaret Schaff Bednar says:

    Family and friends do make a home – I moved back to a place with loooong winters. 🙂


  7. Gillena Cox says:

    Happy you are in a place of support. That is very important to our wellbeing

    Have a nice week



  8. dsnake1 says:

    I think, you have at least solved a bit of the puzzle. And you are back in a familiar place.


  9. Kathleen says:

    Unsolved, but still able to be solved
    Love your poem.


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