Treasure Island

Wild Bill Balding

(12 June 1961 / London)


I want you, but can I trust you?
The things you say excite me,
but I’ve heard them said before:
sweet words dry up too soon,
replaced by shouts and threats.

I want you, but can I trust you?
The way we touch excites me,
but I’ve known that touch before:
caresses stop too soon,
fingers curl into fists.

I want you, but can I trust you?
The love you give excites me.
What is this love
that accepts me for who I am,
that allows me to grow,
to blossom,
to be me,
without fear,
without pressure,
without limits?
Is this real love at last,
or are you a fantasy,
a better liar than the others?

I am so sore, so scarred, so scared.
Be gentle with me.
One day I may learn to trust you.
For now, you’ll have to trust for both of us.
But I want you.

Submitted: Thursday, February 07, 2008

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  • Susan Jarvis (8/31/2008 2:56:00 PM)

    'I am so sore, so scarred, so scared' is such a powerful line. The sibilance gives the words a stutter, a sob maybe; so true to the poet persona's reluctance to trust. Poignant and potent - an excellent poem. S :) (Report) Reply

  • Rehab Helmy (8/17/2008 6:38:00 AM)

    sweet words isn't everything. truly trust is very important between friends too
    good work and I hope u write a new one
    good luck (Report) Reply

  • Lynda Robson (7/17/2008 3:04:00 PM)

    Trust is everything in a relationship, when trust has gone it is hard to trust anyone again, well-penned piece,
    Lynda xx (Report) Reply

  • julesx 64 (5/6/2008 1:22:00 PM)

    What a beautiful poem about learning to trust again, a leap of faith for sure x (Report) Reply

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