Treasure Island

John Thorkild Ellison

(17/04/51 / Edinburgh)

No Common Sense (a Love Poem)


What's happened to my common sense?
The last thing that I want to do
Is irritate or cause offence
By saying what you know is true.

And so small-talk becomes the rule
And I bury my sorrow deep inside,
I laugh and joke and play the fool
And no-one knows how much I've cried.

I love you more than ever now
And I try so hard to mask the pain -
How can I mask it? Tell me how!
It's slowly driving me insane!

I dread to imagine what you think
When I talk of these things that are forbidden,
There was a time when I would drink
To drown these words and keep them hidden.

'Cos small-talk sometimes gets me down
And I don't know what to do or say,
I just don't want to see you frown
And brush my stupid love away.

But now I really have to speak,
I feel I no longer have a choice,
Will you give me the comfort that I seek?
Will you even listen to my voice?

Submitted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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