Near-Love Experience


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I recently took a poetry class and this was the first assignment.

Near-Love Experience

My head swims with thoughts of your touch;

my joy drowns as I realize I am not the only one.

I struggle against my current of love

desperate to avoid the waterfalls.

I hold my shaky breath and strive numbly ahead

focused on the far away banks of healing.

Saturated in betrayal, I cling to the shore.

Lying on my back, prone to the memory’s attacks.

I must collect my scattered composure

before finding my way out of this wilderness.

Carrying the shards of my heart

I trudge back, tired and alone, to my security

only to find it warped and hollow.

Is it truly better to have loved and lost?

Your malicious lie shouts a resounding, “No!”

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gogant commented on Near-Love Experience


Oh, the broken hearts that lay along the ever-extending shore of sorrow........I think it is better to have loved, and lost....sometimes. This poem shows your creative genius, Simone......................g

cheronld commented on Near-Love Experience


Hmmm...a question that many have pondered....but here is a thought....if you have never felt love how do its worth craving for....and if you have loved and lost....was it worth the pain to find I know I am a cynic but also quite adorable in my own way....I loved the visuals and the metaphors used painted a picture very relatable to all...great one my friend....Cher



Thanks, Cher! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

ginga commented on Near-Love Experience


simone, I appreciate the angst and passion that this poem emotes. It reminds me of my "Bee Sting" poem and "Dirty Little Secret." ty for the chance to hear it in another's voice. ginga



I can't wait to check those out! Thanks for the comment!

kmooney commented on Near-Love Experience


Wow, very nice. A lot of imagery and emotion. Very well written. I bet you trembled a bit while writing Unfortunately I am terrible with these types of poems. I have trouble sometimes capturing the emotion. You certainly don't seem to have that problem. Great job. Thanks again. By the way, what class were you taking? Was this a college class? Kevin



Yes, it was an online college poetry class. The assignment was to start with 'My head swims with...' and keep it around 15 lines. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it! It was my first assignment there and the teacher had very different expectations than what I'd expected. I definitely learned a lot about what I do and don't like and how to articulate it better, lol!

ApaqRasgirl commented on Near-Love Experience


that was great dear, a very powerful emotion filled piece of betrayed love........wonderful write dear you told it so well and the flow was very nice.......thanks for asha



Thank you so much for the kind comments!

Poetry is what is lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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