It seems lately that so many relationships are self-destructing. Engaged couples, newlyweds, even those in decades-old marriages, seem to suddenly be turning away from each other. Frequently, the departure seems not to be into the waiting arms of another, but out into the cold and dark of the Wasteland of Alone.

So today I offer:

Prayer for a Love Gone Dark


This relationship has gone dark—
Like a marquee on Broadway,
When the show has closed.

Like a sky full of stars
Blotted out by the looming storm.

The music is gone.
Romance and wonder
Deluged away in a flood of tears,
And the wind whistles its lonely howl
Through the night.

We have tried all we know
To no avail.
The intimacy that once bloomed between us—
Seems irretrievably gone.
The last petals
Whirled away on a wind of divisiveness.

Our only hope now
Is a miracle.
O, Master,
Don’t you care that we are drowning?
Save us,
Before we sink
Beneath the waves.

marcia-headshot-225x300As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.
Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).
Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing to be a catapult, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.
Connect with Marcia online:
Twitter: @MarGunWoo