Elephant in the room

There are pleasantries and platitudes. A civil, “please pass the salt,” and considerate “would you like some more tea?”

Gone are Sunday morning crosswords in bed, and late nights with Bogart and Garbo.

No hands are held, no tears shed. There are no voices raised, no sweet whispers in the dark.

Conversations are over which toothpaste to buy, or whether dinner should be beef or chicken. They ignore the elephant in the room. It’s too big to look in the eye and be asked to leave.

Uncomfortable strangers who were once inseparable lovers, now living alone together discontent but resigned.

100 Word Song, a writing challenge from Lance based on a weekly music prompt. Give 100 words, not 99, not 101. This week’s challenge is inspired by Damien Rice, “Elephant.”

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Melisa Wells says:

    Oh gosh. That’s always the danger of relationships that aren’t nurtured, isn’t it?


  2. Carrie says:

    The curse of so many relationships, where you become roommates instead of lovers


  3. Kat says:

    My parents were also like this. Must be a painful way to live day to day.


  4. tashtoo says:

    Oh dear gawd…this one stings….I fought over a toothpaste cap just this morning! ;) Awesome play to the prompt


  5. Mrs4444 says:

    Powerful realism in this post. Nicely done.


  6. Patti says:

    You’ve captured real truth here, Tara


  7. Lou Lohman says:

    Been there. Done that. You would think YOU were there. too.


    1. Tara R. says:

      My experience is more along the lines of collateral damage. My parents were a lot like this at the end of their marriage.


  8. I know several couples living with that exact same elephant (damn it’s big!)


  9. k~ says:

    I like your 100 words. The emotions are apparent.


  10. Lance says:

    How did you know so much about my first marriage? Poignant but brutally true way that communication breaks down and crushes love. excellent 100.


  11. Aleta says:

    Beautiful. Sad, but beautifully written. It felt like poetry.


  12. TheKirCorner says:

    OH, yes. This song tore me apart when i listened to it and you captured it, every word. “Resigned” is the appropriate word and used so well here.

    I really liked this.


    1. k~ says:

      What was it about the song that “tore you apart” Kir? Your words make me think I completely missed this song. I just don’t get the lack of cohesion in the lyrics, and found no real meaning in it.


      1. TheKirCorner says:

        oh, well I felt the seperation of the person he loves to him. I felt him asking her, why are you the way you are and something has to give in this relationship, in this bedroom, in our hearts for me to stop thinking about who I could have instead of you.
        I read the lyrics first, (I didn’t like the song…but listening to it, I felt all these emotions with him, like sadness, want, being resigned (Great word for this) )

        when he says “with someone else on top, all I could about was him wanting another woman.

        does that make sense?


        1. k~ says:

          Yes Kir, that makes sense. I appreciate your explanation. I read the lyrics too, but I never saw what you got from it. Thank you :-)


          1. TheKirCorner says:

            honestly I’m just glad that it made sense, I always feel like “I don’t get it” not with the rest of you….so for once I felt like “Maybe, this time, I understand”.

            thanks for letting me explain it, it helped me too. :)


  13. Sad: but very well observed…


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