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Hope

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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Comments

  • 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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