Treasure Island

Harley White


Dirty Corner


Hey you out there
I'm unlovable
and I'm certainly not going
to let you close enough
to know me,
because if you really knew me
you couldn't love me—
that's for sure—
and if somehow
you did get close enough
and if you did feel love for me,
then there would be something wrong with you
and I certainly couldn't let myself love you
because you'd be unlovable like me.
See what I mean?
So stay away!

Submitted: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Edited: Monday, July 15, 2013
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Note about the poem: Years ago, when I worked as a hostess at Nepenthe Restaurant, in Big Sur, California, there was a corner of the bar close to the entrance that we called 'Dirty Corner', which was the inspiration for this poem.

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