You, You, and Me

You, I can’t hurt you

But somehow you label me as a threat

Or maybe you’re just too stubborn or full of pride

All I know, there’s nothing to prove

But there sure is plenty to lose


Oh, and you, there’s plenty I could do to hurt you

But you should know me better than that

You should know by now I’m not that kind

All I want is for you to open up your eyes

You’re letting life and love pass you by


And me, I’m holding on to just a tiny sliver of hope

But who knows how much longer it will hold

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Ericdierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A little sad but maybe your you will listen.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Hahahaha. Eric, I have no idea why, but you just made me laugh out loud! Rest assured, my ME can and does listen to me. This poem is just a poem that resulted all its own, seemingly out of thin air. It took maybe a minute to write just this morning. It was different, just a vague concept when it popped into my mind. I like different. So I tried it. I like the way it turned out and I think it is one that can be interpreted however one chooses.


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CrisSp 9 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Whatever it means to the writer, I can see one altruistic soul in this piece and perhaps, a hopeful romantic and that's why I love poetry for the many ways it can be interpreted.

Good one.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

CrisSp, you made my day! Thanks for not interpreting that as someone whining about life. I am indeed a hopeful (or hopeless) romantic, whether pertaining to romantic relationships or life and relationships in general. And thank you for calling that altruistic and not obsessive or pathetic and unable to let go.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

This makes me think of the Abbot and Costello sketch.."Who's on First". It could be you, or me, or maybe U2. Nice little poem.


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautifully expressed and your title and the picture (bent but not broken) made me curious---!

Nice poem--Thanks!


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always exploring 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

I hope this is pure fiction? I have a feeling it is. Thought provoking to say the least!


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Jodah,

Hope you had a good chuckle then. :)


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Hello Chitrangada,

I really like that picture and what it represents. :) Plus, it goes with the song!


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Ruby,

For some reason. . .I read this poem through different eyes and saw another darker interpretation. Something in your comment made me look at it differently. Let's just say it's pretty much fiction. Hahaha. If you see a dark meaning in it, though, it's purely fiction indeed!


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wayne barrett 9 months ago from Clearwater Florida

Beautiful work Shannon. Yes, I do miss the prose and wandering thoughts of my friends at HP.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

Nice ot see you here, Wayne! I've got email notifications for hubs published two years ago! LOL I just can't bring myself to clear them out. I know I'll likely never get "caught up" with them, but I follow people for a reason, especially the creative writers. And then there is the support of the people here offering feedback and constructive criticism if need be. It's hard to stay away. My only complaint lately is HP labeling things as unworthy of publication because of similar content elsewhere. My poetry is my own, I can assure you. I hate sites like copyscape. I get that it's a problem on the web and sites like that cut down on plagiarism, but they also limit creativity. Or, the case of paid gigs that required research and use of proper names, said I plagiarized phrases because of the proper names. The percentage of similar or duplicate words used to be considered copied are usually set too high. And same or similar words do not necessarily mean same or similar thoughts.


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GusTheRedneck 9 months ago from USA

Howdy shanmarie - Aaahhh - that little sliver of hope - reminds me of my wish when I stuck my finger on the big thorn on our orange tree. I wished it to be just a wee little thing. Doggone thorn was two inches long.

Worthy of your doing a piece of poetry on thorns. That would be worthy of your effort (if not altogether your pleasure).

Best to you,

Gus Kilthau, Houston


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

This comment was altogether my pleasure, Gus! Such humor before bedtime is probably not a good idea. ;) But I get it. I've never even seen a two-inch thorn, but I've been poked by plenty! The last rose that got me, some gentleman was buying it for his girl. Usually the thorns are trimmed, but this bunch had thorns and all. He said it's cheaper with them on. LOL And those cactus leaves. . . I honestly have no idea how people cook them to eat. I tell people that cashiering is dangerous work, but no one ever believes me.

The comments on this page are so vast and different. Even that amuses me. The interpretations. It's like a schizophrenic person or one with multiple personalities arguing with herself. . .or maybe one person just addressing more than one person.. . .who really knows?

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful rest of your evening and sleep well.


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MsDora 9 months ago from The Caribbean

Pope's line came to my mind as I finished your two last lines: "Hope springs eternal in the human breast." We just have to direct it into hoping for what's best.


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shanmarie 9 months ago from Texas Author

I like that, MsDora!

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