Look, we could spin ourselves in circles
falsely claiming that you or I
drew first blood. I mean,
not one to quibble
– it was clearly you,
though you may indeed
erroneously disagree – but
it don’t matter no more.
Sure, you had the prettiest grey eyes
I’d ever seen, and yeah,
I meant that shit, and yeah
it was corny as fuck, but well,
have you ever heard an empty cup
speak-up, looking for something
or someone to fill them
I didn’t think it would lead to nothing,
and was stunned when it did.
We had fun though, didn’t we?
Playing hooky some Thursdays,
laughing at shitty movies,
disappearing off the grid
into our own private world at
a different random Econo Lodge
each time looking to not form
any traceable patterns.
You had your men on the side,
and I had my whole thing going on,
but I wasn’t tripping about
what this was or where we were.
You said it first, remember?
And maybe you thought you meant it,
but at the time, I repeated it
only because I was naked and
afraid of the repercussions
After allowing time to reflect
and to see the whole elephant,
I realized that I do care. I care.
But that’s no longer enough, is it?
And I swear to God I never knew
I’d meet someone like her
after meeting you.
She and I are just synched in ways
your sense of surface tensions
can’t possibly imagine.
What you and I had was fun, wasn’t it?
And I don’t understand a thing
about soulmates, but my mind,
heart, soul, whatever gut or
animal-instinct you can conjure;
all of them unanimously tell me
that I’d be a fool to ever let her
walk out of my life,
so… you know…
I didn’t mean to steal your joy,
but I’m dropping all pretense for her
and only her.
Do you get it?
Try to understand; remember the way
you say you felt when you fell for me?
You loved me, even as you were still
loving on those other dudes, right?
Even as you will be tomorrow, right?
Well, I met her, and everything I am
has led me to the moment where
nothing else matters except for
my pulse synching with hers.
I loved you. I did. I still do.
But I can never let her go.
NaPoWriMo Day 13: Today’s prompt:
There’s a pithy phrase attributed to T.S. Eliot: “Good poets borrow; great poets steal.” (He actually said something a bit different, and phrased it a bit more pompously – after all, this is T.S. Eliot we’re talking about). Nonetheless, our optional prompt for today (developed by Rachel McKibbens, who is well-known for her imaginative and inspiring prompts) plays on the idea of stealing. Today, I challenge you to write a non-apology for the things you’ve stolen. Maybe it’s something as small as your sister’s hairbrush (or maybe it was your sister’s boyfriend!) Regardless, I hope this sly prompt generates some provocative verse for you.
Oh, thank God! I was afraid that this might be one of those Erasure – found poetry prompts that I
suck at find so frustrating. Thank goodness it’s just a prompt about good-old stealing! Yay for stealing!