Sunday, March 6, 2016


I'm sure we're all familiar with this phrase and, of course, we're familiar with the way it ends, too, (than never to have loved at all.) But tonight's poem is a good example of...well, let's say it proves this adage wrong.

Living as long as I have, I've heard it all, every tale of love gone right and plenty of stories of love gone terribly wrong.  And though there are many love stories filled with joy and happiness, there are equally as many that have brought sorrow and heartache.  I know we'd much rather hear about "hearing bells when the One comes into view, or "love at first sight," or "the marriage that's lasted 50 years," but there are plenty of instances where he or she finds out that the guy/girl is NOT who they seemed to be.  Such is the case with the following poem.

By Patty Lynn

You’ve heard the old expression, “wish I could catch a break,”
One thing goes wrong, then even more & life is far from great?
Well, this will illustrate just that, I’m telling you, ten-fold,
I’ve been around for many years, let’s face it, bud, I’m old…
But I can tell you, without doubt, this story takes the cake,
And when I tell you, you’ll say too, “wish she could catch a break.”

You see, this gal’s done everything, well, practically, just right.
She’s confident & self-assured, intelligent and bright,
But even so, no guarantee she’s meeting Mr. Right,
For there are those convincing sheep whose wolf-like teeth can bite.

He seems so sweet, gregarious, a thoughtful fun companion,
But prey he will, he’ll suck you in, so you don’t see the canyon…
That separates your soul from his, no soulmate here you’ll find,
Just emptiness and heartlessness, a black, conniving mind.

But she believes the best of him, gives all she had to give.
The two they marry, settle down but does he choose to live
As one who loves and shares it all, a home and heart for her?
No, true to form, not true at all, he leaves her in the lurch.
And leaves her there to sort things out while he pursues whatever…
Will make him happy, what feels good, consumed by HIS endeavors.

And so her sorrow grows with time and ending it is legal.
She’s strong, survives, though this might spell demise for lesser people.
She knows that she will rise above the sadness that remains.
Her loss is not indelible just temporary stains.

I’m sure she asks just why it came, this chapter in her life,
Why this her course, her way this path, so strewn with all this strife.
But chances are she’ll never know, the answer or the reason.
I hope someday she’ll meet someone, a someone to believe in.

It’s easy to denounce it all and say no one is worthy,
That she will never, ever take the chance to make that journey…
To find someone she’ll know is true, who’ll love without condition.
She’s done, she’ll say, “no more, you’ll see, I'll never grant admission…

Into my life, into my heart, the hurt’s just way too deep.
I’ll never trust another man, I’ll look before I leap,
But even then I’ll just assume he isn’t what he seems,
He isn’t worth my time at all, he’ll crush my every dream.”
No one can blame the way she feels, she’s surely had enough,
Besides with all her other trials she can’t pretend she’s tough…
When clearly she is fragile, but don’t you count her out.
She’ll come back even stronger, of that I have no doubt.

I pray that time will heal her heart, she’s due a new beginning,
And, frankly, hope that those who hurt are punished for their sinning.
The bottom line is there should be some equity of JUSTICE…
For those who love and those who hurt, the scale should be adjusted!

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