Unrequited Love

I am usually so slow to love

A bit unobservant

But with him I loved him from the first time I met him.

He threw away a piece of paper and I retrieved it and kept it.

He was on my mind and somehow I didn't notice other things.

I knew he belonged to another and I hated the idea of being the third person

But I longed for him in every dream.


I kept checking my horoscope, even the tarot,

Anyone who has been in love will understand

All the signs told me to beware, to keep away

But I couldn't keep away,

Couldn't control my restless heart.


Just one afternoon, that's all it was,

That's all we shared,

That's all he could spare me

And every second of that afterrnoon lives on in my mind.

All the things we said,

Sometimes the living haunt us

More than the dead.


He's out there somewhere now, living his life,

Still alive but lost to me,

Unrequited love like this is like grief,

Has the same chill.

I just hope my heart will heal

And feel the sun again.

◄ Shadows

The Mad Aunt Of Doolin ►


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Frances Macaulay Forde

Wed 18th Oct 2017 04:05

"Sometimes the living haunt us
More than the dead."


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Sun 1st Oct 2017 14:39

I really got lost reading this. Beautiful.

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Tue 26th Sep 2017 19:39

I believe in love at first sight and that something puts us in the frame - a mix of influences and needs. It is nice when older people get to meet those dreams of a chosen one but so often it just remains a lost cause.
Nice poem.


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M.C. Newberry

Tue 26th Sep 2017 15:56

I'm reminded of words from the old standard "Glad to be unhappy":
"Unrequited love's a bore and I've got it pretty bad,
But for someone you adore, it's a pleasure to be sad..."
I think we all carry a torch for someone who was never
going to be ours at some time in our lives.
Being a loser in love has no boundaries...it's some place
we visit and never forget.

<Deleted User> (13762)

Tue 26th Sep 2017 08:58

am trying to decide whether verses 3 and 4 should be swapped around but they are quite similar in as much as they both work as final verses. Just thinking out loud here Hannah. Nice work. Col.

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Raj Ferds

Tue 26th Sep 2017 07:13

Thanks for sharing that with us Hannah.
Sometimes unreciprocated love tells us that it is not meant to be.

It's best you look to new horizons and open your heart to new experiences. It could be something more intense, more fulfilling and sustained.

Still, an enjoyable piece.

Graham Sherwood

Mon 25th Sep 2017 21:24

It's never a good idea to look backwards. Panoramas are never as stunning second time around. Likewise people, drugs, journeys, etc.

We have to learn to look forward and allow new influences to flood in.

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