love is a truly splendid thing if it’s mutual, respectful and
loyal  [trust]
for when both support and nurture, love wins
over    [lust]
coercive threats and bullying which
violate [s]
the vulnerable trapped and tightly controlled, a relationship where
each fear
sears the partner and children forced into servitude that

The Waltmarie format was created by Candace Kubinec. A ten-line poem where each second line is only two syllables and when read sequentially form their own mini-poem! The odd numbered lines have no syllable count restrictions.  Thanks Val for the inspiration.

Mine also reads as an acrostic … a net pic.


  1. Seems Walt and Marie married into great poetry (They got form!)!
    Your poem is a gem, SweetKate…a powerful read!
    AW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and OHMYGOSH on the photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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    • lol in the reader it appears as one solid block of writing with no line breaks … that is totally confusing! No idea why it doesn’t read in the layout that appears in my blog 🙂

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