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Melissa Etheridge’s Divorce Leads to Intense Online Poetry


It’s not that you want to laugh at someone else’s pain, but sometimes that’s the reaction that comes. It’s certainly the easiest way to respond; God forbid we confront our own demons. Often, the rawer the pain, the harder it is to know what the appropriate reaction is at all, even as a willing witness, the shoulder to cry on. When it’s a stranger things get weirder. The Internet — and the Art of Oversharing — has, for better or worse, put large amounts of very personal sadness on display for all to see. Sometimes, it’s nearly as awkward secondhand as it is in person. It is that way right now with musician Melissa Etheridge’s divorce and her wife Tammy Lynn Michaels’s subsequent blogging on the subject. Today, it’s in the form of poetry, presented here without further comment:


i am wondering if it’s an art

gentle waves
no noise for awhile
or maybe gentle voices


even though we both promised

no filing until after tour
in the fall

her broken promises
told to me by

i’m raising the kids
doing what i can
second set of yours

could you stop blind sighting me?

unless it’s another art form you’re working on?

have a good concert.

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