don’t tell me this story

unless it has a happy ending
i have heard how it goes
summer romances wilting under the heat
voice signals lost along the distance
a shiny new toy has-been discarded
there is no way to miss broken into whole
and i think you know this
it’s not hard to hear a heart that pedals your name
there is not enough time for us
even when it is all i have to give to you
here is where the time signature shifts
i lose count of the beats and fall out of step
outstretched fingers not enough to make contact
and i think you want space, i think you want space
i beg but you say it out loud anyway
and then it is real and i want to go back to sleep where
in dreams someone hands me a phone
and your voice is already waiting
in dreams someone hands me a sledgehammer
to break down the walls
and there is enough room for me to stay

28 thoughts on “don’t tell me this story

  1. ben Alexander says:

    The whole poem is sad and very well done.

    I actually like this line a lot: “a shiny new toy has-been discarded” – when I read it quickly the first time, I read “has been” and then I reread it and realized it’s “has-been” – very nice.

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  2. Woodsy says:

    This is a bottomless poetic sedgehammer,
    breaking open places that were aready raw and sore and stretched into endlessness before I read it.

    Now they’re flooding,
    cracking and cascading like something at once exhilarating and devastating,
    the way these things always are…
    and I’m so grateful to be sharing them right now.

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  3. the_tovarysh_connection says:

    Like Rebecca, this poem also brought back memories of old breakups with the angst and hurt. You described it so well. Looking back I see how they all contributed to my personal growth into who I am now. Painful as they were, there was always a silver lining if I would allow myself to see it. Thank you for sharing this poem.

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