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Divorce Poem
Ginger Andrews


You got the house
with double car garage,
work bench and tools

the kitchen
with solid oak cabinets,
built-in stove, dishwasher
and garbage disposal

one and three-quarter baths
with heat lamps, fans,
and full-length mirrors

the music room
with stereo, AM/FM
tuner, equalizer,
Infinity speakers,
keyboard, microphones,
all the records,
all the tapes,
and the ten-piece
Rogers double-bass drum kit

the family room
with custom-made drapes
and the floor-to-ceiling
solid rock fireplace
half the furniture,
half the linen,
half the dishes
half the pictures on the walls

the thirty-five millimeter
camera with telephoto lens
and tripod

the 5.6 acres,
water rights to the creek,
the grass, the trees,
the flowers
and the dog

the lawn mower
and the rototiller

the blue Chevy
short-bed pickup truck
and my ex-best friend.

I got both our boys.

From An Honest Answer (Story Line Press, Inc., 1999)
Used with the author's permission.


Ginger Andrews is an award-winning poet from North Bend, Oregon, who cleans houses with her sisters when she’s not writing poetry. Author of two books that have garnered praise from critics as well as common folk, Ginger’s accounts of everyday activities can be found in a wide range of literary journals and anthologies 



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David Cooke:
Nicely orchestrated list with a wonderful underplay of self-righteous vindictiveness. Only thing missing is the kettle drum of unmentioned cash.
Posted 11/28/2010 08:04 PM
Joe Sottile:
Another poem--that is a list or litany poem--that is touched with magic is "Home Alone." Ginger Andrews proves that no matter what kind of childhood you have, you can make your life whole if you love and appreciate poetry.
Posted 11/28/2010 12:53 PM
Grissom Phigg:
Ah, Ginger .. Ain't Life Grand?
Posted 11/28/2010 11:31 AM
Ooooh, Not just the last line, but the second-to-last as well, slaps you in the face. Powerful.
Posted 11/28/2010 10:31 AM
A powerhouse of a poem! Both the litany of "you-gots" and the slap-in-the-face last line qualify this as memorable.
Posted 11/28/2010 07:38 AM

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