April Poem-A-Day Challenge #2: Put yourself in someone (or something) else's skin and write a poem about the experience.
Both have good points,
my two boyfriends – as I call them
to myself, though neither's really that.
One who wants me, one
I want. A new slant on the eternal
triangle … as I go round and round in circles.
The 'mild-mannered reporter'
he calls himself. There's a by-line!
For most it would be contradiction-in-terms.
A sweet fellow, and no mistake.
At least he'd always understand my job,
being in the same line of work – my own calling.
As for the other one, he has
his own life of excitement. It leaves
too little room for me. Hell, he'd never be home.
I don't want a man who needs
me to be his mother, one who clings
so tightly that he bruises and breaks my wings.
I don't want a man whom I need
more than I want to; one who keeps me
in my place, applauding from the edge of his life.
They are like two halves of one whole –
shadow-twins. If only I could put them together,
combine their opposite extremes into my perfect man!
Also submitted, 4 Dec. 2011, to dVerse Poetics — going Comic challenge.
Some of these poems are autobiographical, some are entirely fictional, and some are a mixture of both. The intention is art rather than self-expression. I don't allow factual details to get in the way of poetry! (I do seek emotional truth.) They are works in progress, and may be subject to revision without notice. Completed versions appear in my books. Nevertheless copyright applies to all texts found here. Copyright also applies to almost all photos posted here, most of which are my own, though a few are licensed under Creative Commons.
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