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Cherished People Don't Know Lonely

I think of your thumb curved gently into the cradle of my hip
And thinking thank god I'm not lonely tonight
And complaining to my friends about you
Because it was too early to say I love you
And saying your name like it'd be a name I'd be saying for a very long time

I think of talking to you every day
And getting happy when I'd see your face
And waiting to meet
And meeting and laughing
And you holding me again
And I'd forget what lonely even was
A colour? Or a song? I don't lonely, I don't know sad
I don't hear the quiet of a long night
I don't sit and listen to the empty spaces around me
I don't fade out of conversations
I don't daydream
I don't picture death
I don't feel time
Because I'm cherished
And cherished people don't know lonely

I wake up a month late and realise it's a time I thought I'd never have to see again
I look at the clock and a day's gone by
Because you can't make people love you
You can't even make them like you
You can't stop them from losing interest
You can't go back in time

But you were lonely
So you took every glance as one of affection
And every touch as a promise that the warmth of that hand would stay
You inferred a future in a stranger you liked
Then a stranger you knew
And the stranger may have seen, may have caught a glimpse of that storm inside your head
And jumped ship
Before lightning struck the shore
And turned the sand to glass
Which you walk along now
Cutting your heels on broken expectations

So you're up at five in the morning
And the world is quiet and dark
And you cover yourself in blankets
Because the wind is cold and harsh
And you forget what cherished was
Is it a dream? Or a dove?
And you wonder what on earth it'd be like
To be loved
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Topic(s) of this poem: love,sad,broken heart,loneliness

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