They march about the house,
Soldiers pacing their designated wall.
With barely a glance at each other
They go about their business, big or small.
You wouldn’t know it if you peeked in,
But they’re married and madly in love.
A slip of the tongue, a word unsaid,
The wrong gift or lack thereof
Upsets the wife, frustrates the husband.
They stew and huff and grumble and then
An argument pushes them over the edge.
Where is your tolerance, your ability to bend?
It must have died at the end of your dating.
Didn’t you marry him because he was the best?
Didn’t you marry her
Because she was kinder than the rest?
How easily you both forgot!
Remember the silly girl you fell for,
The one who obsessed about her hair.
Remember the guy who opened the door
Let you go in first, let you have your way
Happily you once apologized and forgave
So she said the wrong thing to your mother,
So he left the sink dirty after his shave.
You were human then and you are human now.
Don’t yell, accuse, or bargain
Remember how it was then, let go, forgive
And try again.