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The One I Chose to Stay

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The One I Chose to Stay

An immediate infatuation
 extinguished after one season
   of young love and wavering
Regretfully I lost your heart
  and your trust, so 
I had to let you go

I’ve selfishly carried you
 through the years
An imprint on my heart
 I cannot erase
My illusions to endure
 waking from dreams unsure
I try to let you go

I ran into you
 like an old love song
You took my breath and my heart
 when you drove away
I realized you were not only
 the one who got away
  but also the one
I chose to stay

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  1. Date: 6/24/2011 8:28:00 AM
    congrats on your win in chris's contest, I enjoy love poems and this one is so bittersweet, love the words "I ran into you/like an old love song"...

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 4:45:00 PM
    Thanks for the them, Susan!

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 3:38:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest! Such a sad ending I am sending you hugs! did u get them?

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 1:02:00 PM
    My congratulations on the win in the contest of chris, Shani

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 11:46:00 AM
    Shani, this poem has so much emotion in it....and you ended everything in spectacular fashion. Thank you for entering such a strong poem into my contest~!

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 11:30:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Chris's contest Shani. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 9:15:00 AM
    I can feel the emotion so strongly in this poem, Shani. Congratulations on your win in Chris's contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 9:02:00 AM
    Oh shucks, when you put it that way, the one you "chose to stay", it makes it even more heartbreaking-- What a stirring read this is, Shani-- super congrats on your win :D

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 7:04:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, Shani. Excellent piece. Kudos. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 6/23/2011 6:34:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in the contest..a sweet poem...I enjoyed this one and read it several times. BG

  1. Date: 6/22/2011 10:03:00 PM
    Way to go, Shani, on this top notch poem and win! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/22/2011 9:18:00 PM
    Congrats Shani on your 4th place win in 2nd chance contest with this stunning write my friend.. oh enjoy...luv..