Treasure Island

Mandolyn ...

out the window

he hates bright lights and sunshine,
waking up and smiling
only when he must-
except the time his smile jumped me
when i brought his favorite dinner

he brings me things like coffee cake,
cherry coke and daffodils
but only when the sun sleeps in
and when he's not depressed

i drew a heart, like a stupid girl
on the frosted window of his car,
thinking he might get up today
and drive somewhere warm

but the heart is gone, his car still there
like a stubborn child who refuses to walk-
my feet are cold
and his fire cannot warm them like before

when he cherished sunlight
when he loved to touch my face
and pull me outside after it rained

he squinted while he laughed,
his arms around my back, pressing tight
as if i might slip into the dark-
the dark that nailed him to the moon

the moon i lay my face against
from this window
watching warily for him

Submitted: Friday, July 04, 2014
Edited: Sunday, July 06, 2014

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struggling to make someone happy, when they are destined not to be happy

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  • Valsa George (8/16/2014 7:45:00 AM)

    A fastidious person, but not without warmth.....! When he is warm, really warm, but quite rarely....! Though distant, you long for his love! A poem of heart ache and longing! (Report) Reply

  • John Shea (7/15/2014 8:33:00 PM)

    From the moon Mandolyn we see life and then we see the love. Great write. Pup. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (7/12/2014 8:45:00 AM)

    A delightful poem that still shows a bit of heartbreak when
    love given is not reciprocated. Yet there is still hope for
    things to get better. Loved this. (Report) Reply

  • Adeline Foster (7/5/2014 12:40:00 PM)

    Yes, good depiction of yearning for someone to change. Best addage: One cannot change another, one can but change oneself. Read mine - Last Rung On Your Ladder -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (7/4/2014 4:14:00 PM)

    He's cold, dark and distant and you warily wait for that to change. A nice read =)

    Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (7/4/2014 2:55:00 PM)

    Wow! No wonder I love your poetry so much! Coffee cake, Cherry Coke and Daffodils! Three of my favorite things! Lol. They really are! Another wonderful poem Mandolyn! (Report) Reply

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