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Never Tell

He smiles in my direction as he walks in the door
And laughs at my heart, now a puddle on the floor,
The people walking by turn, point and stare,
I repeat over and over, “there’s nothing there…”

Rains of passion, waves of homicidal angst,
You can’t look backwards and still walk straight,
A million signs are screaming out at you:
Stop-danger-watch out-you’re running too

Quickly, swiftly your friends all walk away,
I’d like to say something, but it’d be so cliché,
Silently you sit and watch them go,
Hoping inside that they don’t know,
Maybe they won’t know, but everybody knows…

I think of you and I think about stars,
Captured fireflies in marmalade jars,
Beautiful reminders of what may have been,
But the fire goes out, and they lay there dead...

He says, “The poison doesn’t do it for me anymore,
I need a pain to leave me lying gasping on the floor,”
My eyes go cloudy as he looks to yesterday,
I say, “I never meant to hurt you anyways...”

It broke my heart, I almost cried
To see you hurting, so broke inside,
Twist, plunge deeper, lemon and salt it so,
Some suffer in silence, I’ve come to know,
You’d rather be alone, you asked me to go...

The colors flew around the walls,
How I got here I don’t recall,
He handed me the bottle and I didn’t think twice,
"Just get rid of the pain, whatever the price..."

I think we danced, at least we may’ve,
Silly boy, to think I’d misbehave,
He said, “I bet I can change your mind,”
Slow down, stop, (learn to) rewind,

“Hold my hand,” I pleaded, to who?
I don’t think so, that’s not something I’d do,
Stop, not there, leave me alone,
I don’t want to be touched anymore…

A glance at the reflection as I pass a mirror,
I thought I saw a smile, but it disappeared,
Spin around and around, a crystal ball,
Reality’s a mist that surrounds us all…

Copyright © Meghan Ziegel | Year Posted 2011

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  1. Date: 7/4/2015 2:01:00 AM

    awesome poem.
  1. Date: 7/4/2015 1:57:00 AM

    Meghan, I enjoyed reading this good and old verse tonight:-) Wishing you a fun safe 4th of July. ~luv~ LINDA
  1. Date: 1/4/2012 12:25:00 PM

    Congratulations on making it through the 1st round of PoetrySoup International Contest. Wishing you the best in the finals Meghan. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 12/30/2011 4:17:00 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing Kelli
  1. Date: 12/30/2011 6:51:00 AM

    very good poem enjoyed it
  1. Date: 12/27/2011 7:34:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Meghan. I wish you the best on your writing endeavors in the new year. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 5/5/2011 9:30:00 AM

    Hmm I am sensing a betrayal from a close family memeber possibly a dad...Am I on to something?
  1. Date: 4/29/2011 11:05:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you Meghan. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. Read and comment on their's and they will return in kind. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Love and blessing always, Carol