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It’s a strange thing, Hope.
You don’t choose it;
the stubborn belief in the radiant dawn
that follows the sightless night
so bitterly bleak and dark and empty…

Most consider it a blessing.

Mine plagues me like a festering sore
that resurrects unexpectedly,
deep and bright and painful
when I thought I’d killed it off last time… and the time before…

When I met you
I didn’t fall for you like a landslide,
I floated like an Autumn leaf
and didn’t realise
I was in love
until I saw where I’d fallen from
and knew I could never get back.

I was seventeen.
I thought I was grown up.
I wasn’t.

That night I rang you from America
and you didn’t want to talk
and you kept putting my friends on the phone
and then you said you’d kissed Kim –
my best friend Kim –
who suddenly wasn’t my friend anymore –
and I asked you if you wanted to be with her
and you said,
“If she’ll have me” –
that’s when I grew up.

I could say it took me years to get over you.
I do say it took years.
But I lie.
Because when I hear “Lovefool” from Romeo & Juliet
and when I drive past that park where I was late for your soccer game
and at night when it’s quiet
and when I see the brown latticed fence that still has our names etched in the paint
eleven years later
and when I watch the Autumn leaves fall

I hope.

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  • BethW
    BethWabout 5 years ago

    Keep hoping Mieke! It keeps the soul alive.

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 5 years ago

    There’s just some loves we never get over, ey?…regardless of how many years have passed…they get into our souls…maybe we take our hope to the next world?!

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 5 years ago

    wonderful words

  • lolowe
    loloweover 4 years ago

    The exquisite beauty of these words came to you in such a way that it took my breath away! The way you spoke of love, of hope is so soft, I just have to say that this is lovely.

  • Rebecca Tun
    Rebecca Tunover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Rebecca. Sometimes the fire burns too hot for mere mortals…

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Rebecca Tun
    Rebecca Tunover 4 years ago

    Hi, everything that gets featured in the group gets a blog entry too. This is my first time doing the features and blog for this group. Hope you like what I wrote!

  • I will go and have a look now – thank you very much, Rebecca!

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful writing…

  • Thank you, Gail :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • HelterSkelter
    HelterSkelteralmost 4 years ago

    thats so sad…specially the last few verses bout the etchings on the fence…
    dont they say its better to hav loved and lost rather than never loved at all…..cold comfort…beautiful poem!!!

  • Thanks, Darren :)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • Geraldine Lefoe
    Geraldine Lefoeover 3 years ago

    Ah the pain of first love – you have expressed it so beautifully Mieke

  • You found my poetry! Thanks, Gerry… I know I’m not the only one ;)

    – Mieke Boynton

  • RodMC
    RodMCover 3 years ago

    Mooshy :O)

  • :) :) Looks like you’ve finally lost your head completely, Rod … lol!!!!

    – Mieke Boynton

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