Had to read through this twice to imagine and feel every part of it. I can relate to this in Kevin and my relationship, although we don't have a little one sleeping in a cot in the next room to protect. Our arguments have gotten quieter over the years. We lived with my parents for a few months this year and had to keep it down out of respect. We have two kitties that we don't want to stress out by yelling loudly. We know at this point that an argument isn't going to break us. We may spit venom, feel poisonous, shoot daggers, and steep in our bitterness for awhile, but we forgive each other every time with or without words. I imagine and hope it is the same in your marriage.
In this poem, "two hearts pound in poison," but there is also that undeniable connection tying you together - your shared love as you both are "fighting in whispers" to protect your little one "in a quietness left lovingly unshattered." Beautifully written.
It's great to read a poem from the genius that is Abby after so long!
This poem SO brings back memories. Once that small and soft heart grows up the whispering stops - or rather, the level of argument increases.
Then we get the rolling eyes and shaking heads that tell the other kids "Mom & Dad are at it again - wanna go out for a taco?"
I have only just got around to reading this, it really is an amazing poem, you've captured a whole realm of emotions and thoughts, great layout and word choice, congrats on the win really well deserved.