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What We Had Was Only a Tale

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What We Had Was Only a Tale

Here’s to a love that never existed!
And to the departing you insisted,
Let me give in to all I’ve resisted
It is true through our frivolous trail
Our lives were but a tale;
Though if I hadn’t thought of it
Pure hearts indefinite,
Not mattering even then,
Would I ever believe again?
We never win, we never fail
For what we had was only a tale

I’m lost within a dream never dreamt
Inside a slumber never slept,
And I caress the intricate design
Of the world I can never find
How vast! Yet still it is dying
Fading into the nadirs’ binding
As I fill the world with crying—always crying! 
Oh world! Can I ever bring myself to hold 
The warm nothing growing cold? 
Oh world! Can I not take away
The love I gave with my will today?
We never win, we never fail
For what we had was only a tale 

Copyright © Laura Breidenthal

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  1. Date: 1/24/2015 8:23:00 AM
    Laura, when I was a child there was a saying, still is today. If ifs and buts were apples and nuts, I'd have a stall in the market! I love a dreamer, without them we would hardly have soup. God Bless. D.

  1. Date: 4/26/2012 4:10:00 PM
    except for the word nadirs' i could have writen this. it has that something special that kept my attention. ART i too think that poerty should have something that everyone can share; beauty if not something to think about.

  1. Date: 4/24/2012 9:40:00 AM
    A sorrowful 'tale', Laura. Well written and flows very well, yet it makes me feel sad for you.:( "We never win, we never fail", still must have been heart wrenching. Okay, I'll stop! Best wishes, Mikki

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 4:31:00 PM

  1. Date: 3/23/2012 3:16:00 PM
    Very compelling, thought provoking as you allow this read to see inside your life. Many great writers are rare here on this site. it is always a treasure to find another talent such as yours here. Thank you for sharing a piece of you.

  1. Date: 3/23/2012 9:44:00 AM
    So sad and profound, yet a wonderful poem with it's deep feeling in every word. Just beautiful Laura. harry

  1. Date: 3/22/2012 2:00:00 PM
    Oh! you wrenched my heart with this one...Your going to have to help me with the nadirs' binding thou? Ha ha ha..thanks again for your comments. :o)

  1. Date: 3/22/2012 2:39:00 AM
    You write like a Grand Master in poetry, madame, and you've treated us with yet another master piece of yours. Keep it up.

  1. Date: 3/20/2012 5:41:00 PM
    I love this. Your style reminds me of poetry from the Romantic period. "I'm lost within a dream never dreamt" - What a powerful line! Very well done :) (Also, thank you for your kind comment on my poem!)

  1. Date: 3/20/2012 2:43:00 PM
    Possibly the only way to look at life. I Like this one, Laura, It skirts the edge of sorrow without becoming outright tragedy. Thanks for reading my stuff. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/19/2012 9:17:00 PM
    "I’m lost within a dream never dreamt/ Inside a slumber never slept,"!! Wonderful lines, Laura! Beautiful! Ruben

  1. Date: 3/18/2012 1:34:00 AM
    heartfelt and profound. beautiful rhymes too! thanks for stopping by Laura

  1. Date: 3/17/2012 7:05:00 PM
    This one speaks out loud to me Laura,I can truly feel your sadness in this rhyme.Beautiful write my friend! Hugs and Love Always,Arild

  1. Date: 3/16/2012 11:22:00 PM
    "And I caress the intricate design Of the world I can never find" and "Oh world! Can I not take away The love I gave with my will today?" really speak to me. A great work, Laura. - Chuck

  1. Date: 3/16/2012 8:32:00 AM
    Beautiful way you express the sadness of something that never was Laura. This one touches the inner self; a special one to be read again and again.

  1. Date: 3/16/2012 8:14:00 AM
    I’m lost within a dream never dreamt. So beautiful poem and I enjoy reading this all day.

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 3:15:00 PM
    This is beautiful! feeling inspired right now! Thank you for sharing your words