David McLansky

Freshman - 778 Points (5/24/1944 / New York City)

Riff on Wish We Stayed Together Poem by David McLansky


Boy, I’m glad I’m done with you,
Glad you couldn’t see us through,
The objections of your family/friends,
Glad you brought us to an end;
Silly me, I thought suicide,
Without your hand beside my side;
Without your eyes, your daily grace,
You deprived me of your beaming face;
I can see now I was such a jerk,
I know now it would have never worked;
I see now that my ineptitude,
Was a strategy, however crude;
Unconsciously, I refused to move ahead,
I focused on our joys in bed;
I was a child, not a man;
I couldn’t fathom marriage plans;
I confess this happened several times,
How many first loves I had in my prime.
My brides-not-to-be grew ever younger,
My certitude grew ever stronger;
True, I still felt broken when we parted,
One more romp for the broken hearted;
Until I met my true soul mate;
Your divorce caused us to to have to wait;
Then I married with relief,
I felt I was a lucky thief;
You husband no longer wanted you,
At our first kiss I said, “I do.”
I look back on our sad history,
The broken trusts, the misery,
That culminated in our stout union,
That left no doubt, no disillusion;
As for all those loves I left behind,
I didn’t mean to be unkind,
You wanted me against my will
With ambitions that I could not fulfill.
I delighted in your alluring charms,
What pleasure I found in your arms;
But like the bee lured by a drop honey,
Amid bright colored petals on a day that’s sunny,
I was fated to dance from flower to flower,
Romance undulated beyond my power.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013

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