Fariha Hossain

Rookie - 30 Points (November 16,1997 / Decatur, Georgia)

He Loved In Cliffhangers. - Poem by Fariha Hossain

I was the last item
crossed off your grocery list.
There I was,
next to potatoes
and spearmint toothpaste,
there was the space meant for me.
'Someone to love'
you'd written,
underlined in red,
crossed out,
then rewritten once again.
Were you that hesitant?

I was waiting,
perched on my throne
of summer recklessness
and a dehydration
that no beverage could quench,
I was waiting for fire to match my own.

You held my face in those
hands
that taught me that
my skin was more than
a costume I could never take off.
I could read your lips when
your eyes met mine.
'This one is a little weary,
a little bitter,
but perhaps her taste will grow on me.'
And I have always wondered if I did.
If the blood I perpetually
tasted in my mouth
coincided with the strawberries
you always swore coated
your tastebuds.

You loved like
a faint dial tone
and me,
I was still talking,
still begging you to listen
while you'd long abandoned the line.
I learned to love that dial tone,
learned to love your monotone,
even when all I heard in
those empty words
was surrender.

You morphed your
comfort
into tension,
a constant tug of war between
passion
and apathy.

You loved in
garbled clauses,
our pages strewn with
incomplete sentences,
half finished visions
of an eternity
that could only exist
in a universe radically different from ours.
You loved in commas,
elevator music,
cloudy skies
summertime.
And I suppose I'm still waiting
for that period.
that symphony.
radiant sunshine.
and perennial adoration.

I'm still waiting for an ending.

Topic(s) of this poem: love


Comments about He Loved In Cliffhangers. by Fariha Hossain

  • S M Zia Hyder (4/17/2014 4:02:00 AM)


    ''I'm still waiting for an ending''

    Actually nothing ends, It's just starting of another chapter.... Keep writing
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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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