A Marriage


You are holding up a ceiling
with both arms.  It is very heavy,
but you must hold it up, or else
it will fall down on you.  Your arms
are tired, terribly tired,
and, as the day goes on, it feels
as if either your arms or the ceiling
will soon collapse.

But then,
something wonderful happens:
a man or a woman,
walks into the room
and holds their arms up
to the ceiling beside you.

So you finally get
to take down your arms.
You feel the relief of respite,
the blood flowing back
to your fingers and arms.
And when your partner's arms tire,
you hold up your own
to relieve him again.

And it can go on like this
for many years
without the house falling.

- Michael Blumenthal


loverstreet said...

i like this. a lot. thanks for sharing.

brandon just got home from (another) lengthy research field excursion. i'm glad to feel the blood flowing back into my fingers and arms again.

Maryann said...

I'm so glad! And I'm happy to hear the two partners of one of my favorite marriages are back together again. :)