John Marsden Writing Topic #124

‘The best way out is always through.’ Write a story which proves or disproves the truth of this contention**

Unsent

We were lovers,

we were friends,

until it all came to an end

unexpectedly but unsurprisingly.

I had to yell, use my words

but only cause I was hurt.

 

If you could hear my heart speak,

you’d find that I’m not so mean,

if you knew

all the words I want to say,

the feelings I want to convey,

would you really want to stay away?

Or make everything okay?

My only regret

is that this message is unsent.

 

Time has flown,

months have gone

you’ve moved on

but I haven’t forgotten.

I know I should let you go,

all I want is to let you know

you’re not gone to me.

I want to see,

I want to speak,

I want to plead,

but you only want me to flee.

 

If you could hear my heart speak,

you’d find that I’m not so mean,

if you knew

all the words I want to say,

the feelings I want to convey,

would you really want to stay away?

Or make everything okay?

My only regret

is that this message is unsent.

 

I’ll always remember

our time together.

You were my lover,

you were my friend,

I didn’t want it all to end.

From time to time,

you’ll be on my mind

until suddenly,

you’re just a memory

and from there I will be fine.

 

If you could hear my heart speak,

you’d find that I’m not so mean,

if you knew

all the words I want to say,

the feelings I want to convey,

would you really want to stay away?

Or make everything okay?

The time will come

when I won’t regret

that this message is unsent.

 

#For this writing topic, instead of writing a story I wrote a poem which explores feelings after a break-up, wanting to reconnect with an ex, knowing you shouldn’t and eventually getting through the pain and out of the sadness to realise that you don’t regret not getting in touch to reconnect.

 

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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