Robin Amy Bass
I MARRIED A MAN I DIDN’T LOVE
I married a man I didn’t love, she said to my chagrin.
I didn’t want be alone and so I just gave in.
I’ve never thought I’d be the one to learn to swallow pride.
Remember on my wedding day, I made a lovely bride.
I walked the aisle, in measured steps. They played the wedding song.
I wore a gown of ivory lace. The train was 6 feet long.
My father gave my hand away. My mother stood and cried.
And when I had to say I do, I took a breath and lied.
The groom was not my Prince of Dreams. He was no seasoned lover.
And when I went bed that night, I dreamt about another.
I pondered the possibility. I opted for practicality.
I shook the daydreams from my head, and chose reality instead.
My husband’s just a simple guy; he treats me very well.
And I have learned to fill the time, while I am stuck in hell.
I listened to my friends lament. I pondered what I heard.
I tried my best to comfort her but couldn’t find the words.
I gave a sympathetic look. I thought about her choice.
I’ve always had a way with words; but couldn’t find my voice.
So I just shrugged and shook my head. It’s not for me to judge.
I married a man I didn’t like, because I was in love.
The man I loved was tall and brash.
He swept me off my feet.
He told me lies and fairy tales
And then ran off to cheat.
He said I was the only one, then ambled down the street.
I never thought to ask him then, whom he had gone to meet.
He looked at every piece of tail, when he would take me out.
He told me I was paranoid, How dare I even doubt?
And when we walked about the town, he gazed at every filly.
And should I dare to question him, He said, “you’re being silly!
He called me dear, or precious dove, his lips were sweet as honey.
He robbed me of my innocence and married me for money.
And when I found out who he was, and saw the web he’d spun,
I knew that it was far too late. The damage had been done.
So while I know my man’s a cad, he still can give me chills.
I wait up when he stays out late, and then I pay the bills.
My friend and I took different paths, yet both of us got lost!
We tried to break the rules of love, and look at what it cost.
©Copyright circa 2004 by Robin Amy Bass formerly Ullmann