I Love You

Posted: September 28, 2019 in What Pegman Saw

Before your heart turned
break-your-back mean
you were giving
softer than a goblet of deep red Bordeaux.

For two years you and I followed the same path
making love between clean cotton sheets at sunrise
or
perhaps
many hours before

And at noon
in grape fields
littered with angular stones
that scratched divets in our backs
divets we laughed about while lathering one another in our open-air shower
kissing, wishing
hoping
for a child

Or at midnight, underneath moss-covered cliffs
my favorite
if the rain held

But the rain didn’t hold
Squall followed squall for 106 days
conjuring your anger and my angst

You declared you wanted freedom
Another life

The air I breathed smothered you
How could that be?
My fault?
Your fault?
No one’s?

Now, even as I leave you
hoping you find the man you want
all I can say is:

I love you.
I love you.
I love you.

Comments
  1. This is exquisite.

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  2. Lynn Love says:

    Heart breaking and heartfelt. Difficult to create a break up without cliche but you manage it. Lovely imagery and phrasing, Lish

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  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Heartbreaking – and as Lynn says, very well done to have covered such familiar ground without resorting to overused cliches.

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  4. Such a lovely poem. I like the imagery.

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  5. pennygadd51 says:

    I like this poem. You’ve shown us cleverly that the relationship was very close, as the couple wanted children. I like the way you’ve written it from the man’s pov, too – and what a gentle man you’ve made him. Lovely writing, Lish.

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  6. joem18b says:

    love and pain. makes me wonder. cheers.

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  7. bearmkwa says:

    Great one, Alicia! Glad to see you back! 🙂 ❤ ~Shalom, Bear

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  8. k rawson says:

    Great to see you, Lish! Loved this exquisite and tragic poem. So many wonderful lines, but my favorite was the biting “Before your heart turned break-your-back mean”

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