John Marsden Writing Topic #538

What is the hardest emotion to write about? Write a story which explores it**

#Some people may disagree with me, but I believe love is the hardest, if not one of the hardest emotions to write about due to it being one of the strongest emotions, if not the strongest. I also believe love is one of the hardest emotions to write about due its subjective nature–everyone has different feelings and experiences when it comes to love. Instead of writing a story, for this writing topic, I have chosen to write a poem.

 

Love Sick

I try as hard as I can

Try to be who I am

In person and online

Hoping to find someone to be mine.

We see each other on our screens,

let each other know we’re keen,

words exchanged at the click of a button,

excited and fearing the unknown outcome.

 

The time comes to finally meet,

we set eyes on one another,

wondering what this could be–

friendship or love

or none of the above?

Will you break down the walls

to my heart’s door?

I try to be hopeful

But I always know the outcome.

 

I’ve got a lot of love to give,

when will I meet my great love

and when can our life begin?

 

I’ll always try to make it work,

Only to end up getting hurt

why does it only seem to be me?

I’ll try to walk away with dignity,

find another way to have you in my life.

My feelings will be hurt,

My ego will be bruised,

but I’ll still want to be friends with you.

Will you ignore me?

Pretend I don’t exist,

Until the day comes

When I finally take the hint?

 

How many times do I have to leave my heart open?

And run the risk of having it broken?

 

I hide underneath my layers

knowing I’ll never be noticed

will you ever see me as pretty

when I’m just being me?

I don’t want what you see

to be your final call

I just want you to love me

flaws and all.

Right now I’m unexceptional

All I am is invisible

How long will it be

until I’m found special?

All that I am

is a woman who wants to find love

be a cut above the rest

and be the best.

 

My experiences are few and far between,

All I want is love to find me,

All I’ve learnt so far,

Is that apparently its too much to ask,

And its harder than it seems.

 

How many times do I have to leave my heart open?

And run the risk of having it broken?

I’ve got a lot of love to give,

when will I meet my great love

and when can our life begin?

 

 

 

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

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