Treasure Island

Patti Masterman


Anti-Love Poem #1


When you've loved someone,
As much as you're capable of,
Just let them go. Even better,
Don't write about them- ever.
If you must, let it be once only
And let that be as their epitaph.
Let the seasons and the wind
Sweep away the painful memories
Don't try to re-start fire from a faded puff of smoke.
And give yourself some time to recover.

If you must write thousands of lines
About what went wrong, or why,
For gods sake burn it- burn it quickly
Don't leave it lying around for others eyes to see
And for the dance line to start forming behind you:
The Designated Mourners of decayed, extinct love affairs
Don't forget to leave some room for the next good thing
Which has been waiting patiently at your door
While you've been existing only in the past
As a one-dimensional loser.
Remember, there's only a one letter difference.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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  • * Sunprincess * (5/13/2014 7:54:00 AM)

    ........a great write....wish everyone would take your advice....I get tired of reading break up poems and come back to me poems.....enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/5/2012 5:07:00 PM)

    When we sleep with the lover's of our pasts it is in cold beds. Great message. What was that little gal's name I met in the Canary Islands. Oops, there I go. (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (12/3/2011 3:45:00 AM)

    Yes, Patti,
    Very refreshing poem. So true. Why keep dwelling in the past!
    There is always something better at the door, we may never meet if we keep locking ourselves up in the gloom and doom of self-pity and hatred. (Report) Reply

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