Fleur Adcock

Happy Ending - Poem by Fleur Adcock

After they had not made love
she pulled the sheet up over her eyes
until he was buttoning his shirt:
not shyness for their bodies- those
they had willingly displayed- but a frail
endeavour to apologise.

Later, though, drawn together by
a distaste for such 'untidy ends'
they agreed to meet again; whereupon
they giggled, reminisced, held hands
as though what they had made was love-
and not that happier outcome- friends.

Comments about Happy Ending by Fleur Adcock

  • Kim Barney (1/11/2016 8:25:00 AM)

    The first line is the most intriguing one of all:
    After they had not made love

    It makes one wonder:
    Why not? (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (11/12/2015 4:26:00 PM)

    I want to read more of this woman's insightful, truthful, and quirky poetry. Top notch, (Report) Reply

  • Neran Sati (11/12/2015 1:37:00 PM)

    a brilliant poetic insight into an intimate illusion, prevalent as prose subject, so more precious here. Thanks PH. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (4/5/2014 9:05:00 PM)

    ........a lovely write and a happy ending...enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 6, 2004

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