A man walks onto stage and either stands alone in the centre or to one side.
The faded wallpaper on these walls
The neighbours babies calls
Full of things but nothing inside
Where I sat and you lied
The cliché is to make a house a home
A sentiment I’ve never known
Will leave still with this expression on my face
Everything else gone, without a trace
So come in and take a look around
As my heart falls once again to ground
Pictures and prints reflect my mind
All symmetrical and aligned
Your voice almost gone, replaced by a ghost
Who was the parasite and who was the host?
Within these walls, where we sat and stood
To turn it around as only you could
I liked the kitchen
You hated the stairs
Remember the times? Cocktails without cares.
A woman walks on to either stand beside the man or stand to the other side of the stage.
Why do you have to make everything a poem?
What will happen no way of knowing?
It’s always about you. Can I have my turn to speak?
Always negative, doesn’t have to be bleak
Now it’s started I’ll speak too in rhyme
And it’s not too late there is always time
I must admit things have gone awry
A neglected plant doesn’t have to die
You step back and make a fuss
Sprint forward for this is us
A watering can could be all we need
A blossoming flower from a weed
Remember who was there when you were lost?
The bills unpaid never counted the cost
Never got in the way of the dream
Not even on the stage let alone centre scene
Your memory my dear is very distant
In all your life love has been persistent
I’ve typed your words and held your hand
Encouraged to continue when not gone as planned
Been there through the rants and the tears
This has been our refuse throughout all years
How can you not think that this has been our home?
Are you fighting to be on your own?
You’re making me think
Is there something I missed?
With every word our life you twist
It’s true, I understand, you’ve done a lot
So look around and see what you’ve got
Wanting it all, even a Matisse
These pretences my darling, have to cease
You’ve made concessions you never let me forget
Changing the paint colour when walls still wet
I’ve done so much
Contorted to your whim
Fair to say, gone out on a limb
Always something or someone else
Never your fault
All those courses and what were you taught?
Boredom or Brexit
Ruined if we leave
You’re not a politician, no need to deceive
Take control, a firm grip on the reins
Remember the garden and the fountain, not the carpet stains
Ponder the happiness and the laughs, the smiles and fun
It can all be good somehow, doesn’t have to be done
Why look back? Why look for an excuse?
We can stay here and be happy, look at the years of proof.
I can only say and do so much, you have to want us to carry on
Look around you, it is here we belong
After hearing your words I’m beginning to take stock
Feeling like a key that’s stuck in a lock
Twisting and turning, no way forward or back
With words and walls I feel under attack
I don’t know why I have such a different view
Of this house, our love, and me and you
It’s not all you and it’s not all me
Only by talking will there be unity
Let’s stop forcing words together that don’t quite fit
I’ll take the blame too and more than a little bit
We can go somewhere else and start a fresh
Or stay in this place and clear up the mess
We know those that leave can have their problems follow them as well
Grab the umbrella and take shelter, wait for the storm to quell
Talking it through can give us sunny skies
I know there is hope and love still in our eyes
I’m sorry for my rants and for all the disdain
I do want it to be how it was again
Guess it is too obvious to take it out on those that know
I understand now, so say the word and I’ll go
Still can’t fathom how I became such a mess
The pressure of work when I shouldn’t care a less
Excuses and reasons you’ve heard all before
Seeing it all now I know I’ll do more
We’ve both got to change and we can now we concede
That one isn’t in front, we both have to lead
I hear your words but talk can be cheap
Tell me what to do to help make the leap
It’s not all you and there was the affair
Because talking of clichés you were never there
Can’t put into words how much I regret
It’s you I still love, so happy that we met
We grew closer together with each and every decade
Then argued and disagreed, fell apart when afraid
The affair is finished, all left behind
Although no excuse I was so unkind
Couldn’t reason or be righteous without being cruel
Pushed harder and harder, was such a fool
Let’s hold these keys together
Don’t care if we live in a house or a flat
We can throw out everything but keep the welcome mat.
Mark Scotchford © 15/03/2019
This is written as a play and was submitted to a Theatre for a competition.