Better Off This Way

So many times she thought of picking up the phone

But something holds her back and she sits instead alone

Is it helplessness or is it fear

That has her feeling so insecure

Would the one on the other end be glad to hear her voice

Or does there ever come a time when getting past is not a choice


This is not about longing, this is not about regret

But this is about all the things the heart cannot forget

The heart knows nothing about time

So why does love feel more like a crime

She doesn't even know why in the hell she still cares

She's had all the pain one heart can take and, damn it, it's not fair


She wishes she knew the answers so she didn't have to guess

Oh, hey, now it's your move - too bad it's not a game of chess

This is real, this is love, and this is life

And if they're not careful the chance is gonna pass them by

But, really, who's to say

Maybe they're better off this way


This is not about longing, this is not about regret

But this is about all the things the heart cannot forget

The heart knows nothing about time

So why does love feel more like a crime

She doesn't even know why in the hell she still cares

She's had all the pain one heart can take and, damn it, it's not fair


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Faith Reaper 3 months ago from southern USA

The heart does know what it wants, doesn't it, Shan ...but not sure it knows what is always best in the long run in certain circumstances. And the guessing part would be a form of torture to the heart, I assume, in not knowing truly, so maybe it would be best to make that call and know one way or the other? I always read things into things literally LOL.

Your poem would make a great song, especially with the powerful refrain. As I've told you before, I believe you are a natural-born song writer.

I love your poem.

I hope you are enjoying a peaceful Labor Day.

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Sunshine625 3 months ago from Orlando, FL

Bravo!!! I think your poem would make a great country song. Follow your heart! :)


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Theresa,

There are many times you read something I write and it is rather personal. LOL. So it's quite okay that you read that in this. In a way, this is sort of personal. I have been in the situation where I want to call someone, but I don't because I am afraid it will not be a welcome call. I suppose that idea is kind of what sparked this poem. And I had songwriting on my mind when I wrote it. Hahaha. I've been going through my emails for interview requests from artists and/or their managers. So many of them will tell you that their songs are inspired by their own feelings and experiences or of those around them. When they write in groups, it often happens that way too. A song is born from something one of them says or describes. It's great, isn't it? Life is so full of inspiration!


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fpherj48 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Shan....The 64 Million Dollar Question. What shall I do? In what way will I be better off? How can I know?

I'm all a-flutter just asking the questions without having an issue at the moment!!

Indecision.....the Not-Knowing.....hesitation, go or stay? speak or be silent?.......It's the PITS!!! Peace, I say......Peace! Paula


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Linda! I don't know about songwriting, at least not alone because I'm not the best musically.Hahahaha. But I would love to be a lyricist. In Nashville, apparently, the way it is generally done is in groups anyway. Perhaps if I lived in Nashville, I'd fit right in. LOL. Next time you visit, take me there in spirit, please. ;)


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

$64 Million????? OK. You win, but please share with me when you figure out the answer! The money, that is. You can share the answer too, of course, though. ;) Although, I don't have an issue at the moment either. Still, it could be useful for the future perhaps. hahaha. Peace back at ya and a great big hug too!


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Gina Welds-Hulse 3 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

"......all the things the heart cannot forget." How those words pierce my soul. Heartache. Heartbreak. Death of a loved one. Death of a lover. Don't we wish there was a switch that we could turn to "off" when the memories get too painful?

I agree with Sunshine, that it would make a great country song. As I was reading it, there was music ringing in my head, as the words flowed. You should look into it.

Thanks for sharing.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Gina,

I'm so sorry you've had to suffer such a loss in your life. Sometimes I think there is such a switch. But I also believe that switch should not be turned off. If turned off, there's too much else to miss out on, including the love of others we hold dear.

As for looking into turning that into a song, believe me, if i knew more songwriters, I totally would look into doing that for a living. Although, as I told Linda, I am more a lyricist than the music composer. I don't even sing professionally and I'm pitchy. LOL. However, I have had some things I've written put to music in the past. So. . . .Who knows, maybe that might happen someday. For now, I'm content refocusing on interviewing the music artists and interacting with them.

Thank you for stopping by and for leaving such a heartfelt comment.


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manatita44 3 months ago from london

Much sincerity and clarity in your expression. You know, no judgement here, but we sometimes walk out of a situation but don't get into greener pastures and vice versa. I suppose the question is always 'why?'

There aren't always answers, except in the Higher scheme of things, for sure. Life moves on... and so does the pain.

As poetry it is an excellent piece. Love you shanmarie.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, manatita. No, there's usually not much greener pastures elsewhere, are there? And no answers right or wrong either way.

Off topic. . I was just reading a media news release in my website emails about a festival that took place last month in London. . .Nashville Meets London or something like. Maybe that wasn't the title of the festival, but it was the hashtag used by people tweeting about it. In Canda Park? Is that a place? Canada something. . .I should probably have the information pulled up if I'm going to mention it, huh? LOL


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billybuc 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'm a seat-of-the-pants sort of guy. I don't ponder decisions like this for very long. My wife, on the other hand, will ponder for quite awhile. Both approaches are correct.....we do what we feel comfortable with at the time. I am correct as often as I am incorrect in my decisions, and I can live with that percentage. :) Oh, before I forget...loved the poem.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Bill. I like your attitude. Especially since I can be impulsive just about as often as I am level-headed and calm. LOL. Glad you liked it.


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manatita44 3 months ago from london

Doesn't ring a bell. But I was in America for two weeks. They do have things in Glastobury and they had carnival in Nottinghill gate. I was away.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago

Wow Shannon, I agree with Sunshine, this has all the makings of a song and a good one.

Blessings and hugs dear friend


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MizBejabbers 3 months ago

This is a really great expression because I think we've all been there, done that. Someone recently wrote a question asking whether people could still be friends after a breakup. I think you've kind of put the answer in this poem. And I do think it would make a good country song, especially sung by Tammy Wynette if she were still alive.


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MsDora 3 months ago from The Caribbean

My heart has been right here where this poem is. I like the title. Might just a well accept the situation as is. Really well done!


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vocalcoach 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I love your style of writing! The message is always clear and creatively written. As for me, I'm the impulsive type. Guess it comes from being a musician all my life where improvising is part of performing.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us here on HP. I'll do some sharing as well.

Audrey


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always exploring 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

How many times have I sat and wanted to call, then one day it was too late. This is a beautiful writing that somehow touched me. Thank you...


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Hi manatita,

It's Canada Square Park and Canary Wharf where this festival took place on August 13th and 14th. See, I should know what I'm talking about before I mention something. LOL


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Shyron. Hugs and blessings to you too.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Hello, MizB. Although I have remained friends with people I have dated in the past, it is not always an easy task and it usually doesn't last very long term. I have, however, known people who have divorced and been able to maintain an amicable relationship. That also seems rare.

Tammy Wynette? Thanks! Nice of you to even suggest my work would be worthy of someone so famous.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, MsDora. You're right. Sometimes, perhaps, it is best to just accept a situation for what it is.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much, Audrey! I can be impulsive, too, but it's not always a good thing. Other times, I am calm and fairly rational. I guess it depends on the individual situation. I'm pleased you like my work enough to share it.


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shanmarie 3 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, Ruby. Thank you for saying that. It's always satisfying to me when something I wrote touches someone else somehow.

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