Brian Mayo

Gold Star - 12,344 Points (1960)

Dark Water - Poem by Brian Mayo

You arrived
like the promise of summer rain
and
for a short time
I lived
barefoot and free, again.
For a few days
I knew
what it was to feel, again.
To care,
again.

But we wear the past like chains
broken hearts dangle like forgotten charms-
and courage is often the first
to fall.

I heard you driving away as I walked Sam.
I couldn’t turn-
I didn’t want you to see me crying.
Because, you see, I missed you already.

And, after you were gone,
I came home
and
I sat on the couch, looking at Sam.
He looked back at me and wagged his tail
but his heart wasn’t in it.

I knew my careless words had hurt you,
I thought about your reaction–
your pain, breaking my heart all over again.

And,
for the first time,
I felt so very alone,
and the meaninglessness of my empty life
washed over me
like dark, dark water.

Topic(s) of this poem: loss, love

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Dark Water by Brian Mayo

  • Dimitrios Galanis (12/26/2015 3:24:00 AM)


    A story, one thinks, everyday's life, but a critic strong upon our behaviour.To regret? (Report) Reply

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  • Simone Inez Harriman (11/29/2015 1:34:00 PM)


    Beautifully penned. You have described the emptiness of this situation so well that the vividness of sadness touches the reader. An emotional write...10 (Report) Reply

    Brian Mayo Brian Mayo (11/30/2015 7:50:00 PM)

    Thank you for the nice comment, Simone.

  • Pamela Sinicrope (11/19/2015 6:53:00 AM)


    You and I are both writing about loss and love. Your poem is like a mini story.... Nicely woven, out of order. The imagery of the dog and the words mingles together to convey a mixture of unconditional Vs conditional love... And confusion... Knowing the wrong words were said.... But surprised by the reaction... And then the loneliness sets in and the dark dark water. Well written. (Report) Reply

    Brian Mayo Brian Mayo (11/23/2015 10:39:00 PM)

    yeah, that was a bad week.
    : (

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 19, 2015



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