THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
October 14, 2006

This poem was originally written October 14, 2006 and spoke of a time of very unhappy marital issues...The "elephant" was the mismatch of the relationship in the first place. All of the fault finding and back and forth ultimately was just a bad decision from the start, something we both realize now.









Casually waltzing the night away in a ballroom far from home

Spinning, running the gamut of party games with one eye closed

Ignoring the way you really feel about me

and me about you

Prancing off to powder your slightly upturned nose

While the elephant grows







Sitting in the balcony of the gymnasium somewhere in Act 3

Snapping too many pictures, wiping tears of pride

Next to each other and yet never so alone, you and I

Prancing off during intermission with your slightly misty eyes

As the elephant grows in size







How can everyone notice it except for you

The thickness of stress, the sense of doom

Can it be that you can’t see

Can it be you won’t believe

The elephant inside the room







Taking a vacation from all the worktime stress

Packing too many clothes and inappropriate dress

What you really need a vacation from

Is the one who sits beside you

Can we keep the elephant out of view?







How can everyone notice it except for you

The thickness of stress, the sense of doom

Can it be that you can’t see

Can it be that you won’t believe

The elephant inside the room







You seem to see my every blemish, flaw and fault

Whether it is too little conversation or too much salt

You seem to see every uncut blade of grass

Or every five minutes late, every unwashed glass

You seem to see it clear to let your anger bloom

But cannot see the elephant inside the room







Can it be that you cannot see

Can it be that you won’t believe

The elephant inside the room