Micro-Poem (Number 13) Why Do You Love Me?

Why Do You Love Me?


At fifteen, you loved me.

At thirty, you loved me.

At forty, you still loved me.

And then it was over.


You left me,

Feeling dejected and small.

Do you feel superior?

Can we try again?


I want to love you,

But I don't know if I can.

I'm willing to try though,

Even if you beat me.


I hate playing you at tennis,

And getting defeated

Two sets to love,

Every time.

Source

Basic Scoring in Tennis

A game consists of a sequence of points played with one player serving for the entire game, and is won by the first player (or players in doubles) to have won at least four points by two points or more over their opponent. In scoring an individual standard game of tennis, the server's score is always called first and the opponent's score second. Score calling is unique to the sport of tennis in that each point has a corresponding call that is synonymous with that point value.

0 = love

1 = 15

2 = 30

3 = 40 (If both players are on 40, it is called "Deuce")

4 = Game

A match is either the best of three or five sets, and each set is usually won by the first player to win six games with a break of serve or if not usually decided by a tie breaker(first to seven points being declared the winner)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

So sweet... so clever! In the game of love and tennis there's just no mercy. ;)


Jane Arden 2 years ago

Beautiful words as usual John. It is John isn't it! The pain of romantic love can be the hardest pain of all.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Jo, yep I love tennis, but it's take no prisoners, win or lose.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Jane, It is John...lol. Thanks for your comment....your words are so true. Love can be painful.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Simple words and great tales , always. John, your every piece evokes so lovely emotions ! This one is also awesome.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Really Harishprasad? My aim is to always make my poems simple and easy to understand. I don't try to hide cryptic messages in them to be deciphered. If I have a message I want it to be seen easily. thanks for your praise.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Always so touching with your heart on your sleeve. Or is that your racket? (Bit of American humor) Well, you know I love it, up and sharing.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Simply beautiful!!


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Benjamin N Taylor 2 years ago from Sedro-Woolley, Washington

Very well done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

haha Jackie, yes I was wearing my heart on my racket for this one. glad you liked it, thanks for the vote up and share as always.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Vellur, and your kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for stopping by Benjamin. Always good to see a new name. Thanks for the compliment too.


pochinuk 2 years ago

Jonah,

I really like this micro-poem, and your picture choices for it.

My thoughts as I read, and re-read:

Small heart tugs in the larger court.

"…fifteen…" "…thirty…" "…forty…"

Passing of time brings changes for lovers.

There are expectations, challenges and denials that

come with "going away." Love never fails to

abide with hope, even bringing it to the players

surface.

More understandings: No rackets falling into the court.

Thanks for writing micro-poems,

you got the skill cornered!

-Pochinuk


pochinuk 2 years ago

Jonah,

I really like this micro-poem

Small heart tugs in the larger court.

"…fifteen…" "…thirty…" "…forty…"

Passing of time brings changes for lovers.

There are expectations, challenges and denials that

come with "going away." Love never fails to

abide with hope, even bringing it to the players

surface.

More understanding.

Less rackets in the court.

Thanks for writing micro-poems,

you got the skill cornered!

-Pochinuk


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for commenting twice Pochinuk...lol, oh and it's Jodah, but that's ok you aren't the first to call me Jonah. There are a lot of comparisons between a game of tennis and the game of love. You got it.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thank you for a delightful poem


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

This little series of micro poetry is such a wonderful idea..like turning a page of a poetry book every day..:) awesome bro


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Loved this micro poem of love and it can be a lot like a game of tennis! Up and more and sharing. Have a great weekend, Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Eric, for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much Frank, your comments mean a lot. I love writing these..maybe I'll get enough to publish a book one day...fingers crossed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Faith, no, this is a poem about tennis that's a lot like a game of love...haha. Thanks for reading and the vote up.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

At first i thought you had lost your ' love ' then i realized you were losing at tennis. Ha. Very clever..Loved it...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey always exploring, good to see you. Yeah there's always a twist at the end of these micro-poems of mine. They are seldom what they first appear. Thanks for reading and enjoying it.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I didn't see that twist coming. I was processing it as a gutwrenching heartbreak poem and then -- boom. You're always so clever with these micro-poems.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Flourish, sorry to disappoint you with the ending, or did I? thanks for reading and your great comment.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Tennis is the best. Sweet micro poem about a great game.

EWF


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I love it Eric, I hope you are watching the Australian Open right now. thanks for reading and your comment.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

"Two sets to love,

Every time."

I love your micro series poems, Jodah! I agree with Frank: "like turning a page of a poetry book every day."

Voted up and sharing.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Genna, thanks for voting up and sharing. Glad you enjoy these little poems. they are fun to write, but I just have to wait for the right idea that suits a surprise ending. The first one I wrote was just an experiment, but they are so popular I just keep them coming.


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Lorenzo27 2 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

So sweet. Voted up and beautiful!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Lorenzo27, nice to meet you. Thanks for reading, voting up, and your kind comment.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

I love it! Especially as I play tennis and I'm a great fan of all the tournaments. Funny and touching. Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, I though this would appeal to tennis buffs. Hope you are watching The Australian Open at the moment. There have been some big upsets already. Sarina Williams and Maria Sharapova both knocked out of the women's, and some impressive performances in the men's. If Jokavic overcomes Warrinka I think he will win. To me Raffa isn't quite at his best. Sorry I get carried away talking tennis. Glad you enjoyed the poem.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Me too! Yes I'm watching and nothing keeps me away from the tv when Wimbledon's on!!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Congratulations Stan Wawrinka on defeating Rafa Nadal in the final of The Australian Open. Greatly deserved!


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Yes indeed but what a shame Nadal had an injury. I'd like to have seen a true fight going on. It doesn't take anything away from Wawrinka's win though; he was playing amazingly. Great match!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Funny how when Rafa was injured, Wawrinka stopped playing any good. When Rafa recovered towards the end, Wawrinka's tennis improved again as well.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Yes, I guess that put him off, as well as making Nadal's play less predictable!


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Clever write John! I so enjoyed this piece!!


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

Awesome poem, and a great metaphor!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

What an interesting twist on this poem! I guess romantic love is like a tennis game. I never thought of it that way until reading your poem. Enjoyed reading this! I love the photo, too. Happy Easter to you!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Audrey, glad you enjoyed this. I had fun writing it.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Ryem. Glad you liked the metaphor. That is the basis of most of the micro-poems.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Suzette, glad you enjoyed this. I am a tennis fan, so it seemed like I just had to write a poem combining 'love' and 'tennis'. Hope you are having a great Easter too.

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