John Marsden Writing Topic #312

Write a poem about love in which the word love is not mentioned**

I wish you knew

I wish I could tell you—

that I didn’t want to say goodbye

that I didn’t want you to leave my life.

I wish I could tell you—

how much you’re missed,

that our friendship could still exist.

 

I wish you knew—

that for you I still feel,

that I know I said far too much,

that I didn’t think through my expression enough.

I wish you knew—

that I wish my rationality could rise above my temper,

that I could turn back the clock and make everything better,

at the time I couldn’t help how I feel,

I didn’t want the pain to be real.

 

I wish you knew—

that I miss hearing your voice,

seeing your face and looking you in the eyes.

I wish you knew—

that I know you once cared,

but now I have to live with the fact

that you’re no longer here or there

and that if I had a choice,

you would still be a part of my life.

 

I wish you knew—

that I know I have to let you go and say goodbye

that I have to stop going over everything in my head

of all the things we’d done and said.

I wish you knew—

that I know my wounds will heal with time,

that one day I will be fine.

 

 

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

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