Fleur Adcock

Rookie (1934 / Auckland)

Happy Ending - Poem by Fleur Adcock

After they had not made love
she pulled the sheet up over her eyes
until he was buttoning his shirt:
not shyness for their bodies- those
they had willingly displayed- but a frail
endeavour to apologise.

Later, though, drawn together by
a distaste for such 'untidy ends'
they agreed to meet again; whereupon
they giggled, reminisced, held hands
as though what they had made was love-
and not that happier outcome- friends.


Comments about Happy Ending by Fleur Adcock

  • (7/16/2016 11:08:00 PM)


    A beautifully envisioned thought provoking poem. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/16/2016 10:37:00 PM)


    shows how poetry is the clothing in words of an important idea. MM (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/16/2016 8:55:00 AM)


    Love and dreams! Drawn together. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (7/16/2016 8:13:00 AM)


    Interesting. Friendship is much more durable than love. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (7/16/2016 7:35:00 AM)


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    After they had not made love
    she pulled the sheet up over her eyes
    until he was buttoning his shirt:
    not shyness for their bodies- those
    they had willingly displayed- but a frail
    endeavour to apologise.

    Later, though, drawn together by
    a distaste for such 'untidy ends'
    they agreed to meet again; whereupon
    they giggled, reminisced, held hands
    as though what they had made was love-
    and not that happier outcome- friends.

    Beautiful and witty.
    Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing the poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (1/11/2016 8:25:00 AM)


    The first line is the most intriguing one of all:
    After they had not made love

    It makes one wonder:
    Why not?
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  • Susan Williams (11/12/2015 4:26:00 PM)


    I want to read more of this woman's insightful, truthful, and quirky poetry. Top notch, (Report) Reply

  • (11/12/2015 1:37:00 PM)


    a brilliant poetic insight into an intimate illusion, prevalent as prose subject, so more precious here. Thanks PH. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 6, 2004



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