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An Unplanned Step Toward Resolution

[During spring break and an unusual snowfall  that April, the center did not hold in my house.  I do not recall the specific cause.  But I just left, and wound up spending some time with  Ed, a  friend with whom … Continue reading

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The Center Cannot Hold

[‘As the end of April approaches, tensions in both households reach unsustainable levels, and in both situations, in the words of Yeats’ “The Second Coming,”  the center would not hold much longer.  The first letter in this post is mine, … Continue reading

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Edging Toward a Necessary Resolution

[Moving into April, the tone in our letters loses the occasional light or humorous touch, replaced by increasing expressions of emotional need for an end to our separateness.  My letter from early in the month is filled with news, first … Continue reading

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An Emerging Pattern

[In these March letters we seem to have settled into a routine of seeing each other on Fridays while we continue to deal with the frustration, represented by Olf, of our otherwise separate lives.  In this first letter, Carol talks … Continue reading

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Reds, Picasso, and a Dash of Olf

A back and forth some time in March beginning with my letter describing a visit to the orthodontist, and then on to the movie Reds.  In these letters, we both play off the word mesh from my poem. Saturday Morning … Continue reading

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Olf and Some Poems

An exchange of letters some time in March it seems, begin and end with references to Olf, our personification of frustration at our enforced separation.  My letter accompanied a few poems,  to which she responded as well as a reference … Continue reading

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Crisis Moving Toward Resolution

[In these letters, I tell Carol how I am delaying the fatal step of leaving my marital home while she deals with her growing frustration.] This first mentions a “truce” in my marital home as conditions there had been something … Continue reading

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The Beast and Plans for a Weekend

Starting with this post, the upcoming letters deal with the movement toward my leaving my marital home.  They are thus intense I have found that sequencing during this period s difficult because postmarks on envelopes are unclear, often unreadable for … Continue reading

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Stresss

Some six months or more into our relationship, the strain of our circumstances, the inability to be with each other, begins to show itself as it does in this letter from Carol in February, reflecting our separation after an afternoon … Continue reading

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On Cats & Despair

Carol responded to the cat on the birthday card I sent her with a long meditation on her cat Infinity.  I’ve edited it down for length.  She also included a handwritten note to which I responded with a poem. Steve, … Continue reading

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