The Tricks She Played

The tricks she’d play

Always made him smile

They were high school sweethearts

And he never cared

That she was leading him on

Life was good

Being together

Perhaps just for a brief time

They all thought she was so cute

And he kept on loving her

But high school ends

And teens grow up

He just drifted into a relationship

And was glad she was by his side

Never stopping to think if she was still playing

The games he had thought were so cute

Just when he was ready to make it forever

She played her last trick

And one day she was just gone

Alone and in despair

He vowed to find her

This was one trick too many

And he no longer found it funny

Days drifted by

And they became years

Women came and women went

But there was no one

No one like the woman he missed

Then one day he saw her

A little careworn

A lot sadder

Than the last time he’d seen her

And he went on over

To say that he still cared

She smiled a bit sadly

And told him that tricks

Were no longer part of her plan

They drifted together easily enough

But time had done its share

He no longer felt comfortable

He no longer really knew who she was

She looked at him wearily

And swore that she did care

But late in the dark lonely night

The bed seemed to have a river

Between them that they couldn’t ford

They had spent so much time

Her tricking him

And he not really caring

Their youth had flown so quickly

And they weren’t prepared for grown-up love

Now she wasn’t sure of him

And he wondered if he could trust

And somehow between the worrying

And all the other stuff

Love had taken second place

Two people who had to learn

To love all over again

And when they finally managed to ford that river

Like two drowning people

They clung to one another

Wondering what the future would bring

© 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee

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Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England


The guy in your wonderfully written verse must be madder than hell, for her having wasted the best part of both of their lives - what a b!t*h lol!

....and you can't go wrong with a dose of Springsteen.Many clicks, and sharing, for a really well-constructed narrative, that could easily happen, or have happened in reality.

Best Wishes for a healthy and wealthy week.

Yours Sincerely,

Romeo's Quill

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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

A bittersweet tale which was well woven.

I really liked the river analogy, it worked well.

Anna :)

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Growing up is hard for some people.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great words and song as always. Wonder just how many times in life this has happened? Countless I am sure.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Powerful write as to the sad reality of many no doubt!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper

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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Rasma. A beautifully expressed piece. I wish them well on their journey,


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Diana Grant 3 years ago from London

I enjoyed the story, and glad they got back together on a more equal footing, but I wish you had expanded on the tricks - what they were, and what she was trying to you think they might work for me too??

Nicely written poem and voted up

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Sigh..i want to live life in YOUR poetry! Drama, trauma - and happily ever after!

Your imagine utilizes every possible avenue. Well done, Rasma.

Sharing, dear...

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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I like how they came back together despite everything that happened. Quite a story.

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Very well drawn story. thank you

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

So much truth and thank you for sharing Rasma.

Have a great day.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

So much wasted time before they were grown enough to appreciate love. You write such interesting narratives and the imagery created by your words is outstanding.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Can we ever go back? What does the future hold for past loves? Beautifully told sad story.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Romeo's Quill. Hope you too have a productive and healthy week.

Glad you enjoyed this Anna. The river inspiration came when I pictured one of those huge big king size beds.

So true wetnosedogs. Not everyone is prepared to grow up.

Quite sure Jackie that things like this happen more often than we can imagine.

Glad you enjoyed this Faith. Thanks for the vote and share. God bless.

Hopefully the journey won't be rough Graham.

Glad you enjoyed this Diana. Thanks for the vote.

Being an only child that's the one thing I developed well imagination. Glad you enjoyed this Leslie. Thanks for the share. Hugs.

Once the inspiration got going it just flowed truthfornow.

Glad you enjoyed this Martin.

Glad you enjoyed this Eddy. Hugs. Hope you have a great day.

Glad you enjoyed this Rosemay.

Who knows Mary. Some may be able to salvage love and other not. Thanks for the vote.

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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Rasma... what would life be like with a little humour and a whole lot of love... the two just belong together... well written my friend.

Love from Canada

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Glad you enjoyed this Rolly. Always nice to hear form you. Love and hugs from Riga to you and a pat to Quigley.

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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

I love this poem of yours Rasma, brings back memories of love lost many years ago with a few of my ex girlfriends, and you bet they lost out :) nice one Thumbs up high, and getting shared!

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HattieMattieMae 3 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Sad but true, it happens all the time! :( Sentimental Reflections! :)

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia Author

Hope you two have a bright and shiny New Year.

Glad you enjoyed this Mike and thanks for the share.

Unfortunately it does Hattie. Nice to hear from you.

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