The Darkest Journey


What happened to our friendship

Did it fade with the setting sun

When it seemed to have just begun


What of your daily worship

And talk of your hopes and dreams

Did it end with your short courtship

Was it all just strawberries and cream


And what of your great love

The love you spoke about

The love that no-one could match

Because you were the best catch

From the available men in the batch


Did it sink into the ocean

Where the depth of your feelings once began

And followed with repeated commotion

When plans of the future in your head

Had all but become dead.


And what of your affection

Was there some loss of connection

Between your heart and your idea of perfection

Perhaps you were hoping for a resurrection

By some miraculous power of natural selection


And now, what of me

Am I to be forsaken

Never again to obey your whim

And that insistent will


I fear it is crystal clear

To set me free my dear

For I want to be me

And feel the wind in my face you see


I can feel a cold breeze

But not yet cold enough to freeze

The memories I hold near

The ones with no fear


I ask that you hand me the key

To unlock my heart and be bold

And set me apart

From your clutching hold

And spring from this height of loveless views

Onto the safe, solid sureness of land

Before I lose my nerve

And bend and curve

And hang in that place where there is no return.


© Copyright Maria D'Alessandro 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India

Awesome!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Wow I loved this. Hate guys like that, they keep us hanging on and then they crush us to pieces.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

This had a fantastic poetic flow about it. Very nicely done. Voted up, beautiful, and shared.


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Cheers to you all for your comments. :)


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lifesparadox 4 years ago from USA

love this poem, I felt every word of it! Nicely done!! ; )


yesiagree 4 years ago from Virginia

Well done, moving.


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epigramman 4 years ago

Good evening Maria from lake erie time 8:17pm and I think this is your best straight up poem yet that I've had the pleasure of reading and I so happy you have received many other comments as well .....and who is this about by the way someone real or imaginary?

and I am sharing this fabulous piece all over the world - literally - with a direct link back here


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

You know me Epigramman, I keep it real. LOLOLOL It's easier for me to write about what I know, or have felt or experienced. Therefore, there's a little bit about me in every poem. ;)


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Maria, that sentiment is real real..I guess women have felt that sometime or other. Beautiful and voted. I have an Elegy on a Fading Flower which is the same note, done differently. Keep them coming. :)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

"I fear it is crystal clear

To set me free my dear

For I want to be me

And feel the wind in my face you see"

Beautifully written lines.... When the one you love and like becomes someone who smothers you... you ought to move on to some freshness even if it is a hard task to do

Beautiful poetry


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks sen.sush23 and rahul0324 for your kind comments.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

Just when we think we've found "I AM THE ONE" they let us down, they disappoint us so and let us down hard. It's difficult finding, feeling and staying in LOVE. Why do MEN especially want to change their woman like they do their boxers every morning.

It's painful, I know. I still have not found my soul mate, it may be to late, yet I am comfortable in my person and enjoy close friendships and the scent of a lady from time to time. Dine, dance and your place or mine, but we definitely must keep separate places. I've learned the hard way:-))


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scrittobene 4 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Your comments always bring a smile Vincent. :)

In this poem I wanted to demonstrate a common pattern in some love affairs that I'm sure many are familiar with.

Boy meets girl and the relationship starts off with a bang in all respects LOL. After a while this of course fizzles out for various reasons - due to familiarity and boredom most likely and then the couple begin to see each other as they really are. The illusions they had of each other dissipate and sometimes so much so, that they appear strangers and must part. However, there are times where habit, complacency and addiction replaces true love. At this point, courage is needed to break the bonds of a dead end relationship. The courage to set the other free......

I ask that you hand me the key

To unlock my heart and be bold

And set me apart

From your clutching hold

And spring from this height of loveless views

Onto the safe, solid sureness of land

Before I lose my nerve

And bend and curve

And hang in that place where there is no return.

...or risk dying (figurately) by staying in a dead relationship.

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