John Marsden Writing Topic #177

Love’s not the way to treat a friend**

#Even though this is the ‘Topics for Short Stories’ category, I felt this poem about a man I briefly dated and ended up being friends with for a little while, only for the friendship to end too, fitted for this topic.

Unrequited Blindness

We’ll see each other,

we’ll click, we’ll talk

we’ll meet and greet,

I’ll wonder where this could lead,

if it’s all meant to be.

 

I’ll end up liking you more than I realise,

too much for me to open my eyes

and see

that you’re just not right for me.

 

I’ll give more than I’m given to take,

I always realise that it was a mistake,

will I ever learn

I deserve so much more

than getting burnt and getting hurt?

 

When you turn around and walk away

I’ll ask myself,

how long until the day

when my love will finally be enough

for you to stay?

 

You say I try too hard and just relax

but if you asked for the facts

you’d know I find dating such a daunting task

I say why don’t you help me relax

so you can see

that trying too hard is just not me?

 

I’ll always start over with a different guy

and hope that he is right.

We’ll see each other,

we’ll click, we’ll talk

we’ll meet and greet,

I’ll wonder where this could lead.

 

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

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