When Love Won't Come

Edward Burne-Jones  The Heart of the Rose
Edward Burne-Jones The Heart of the Rose

Sometimes love goes hiding
In a chilling look
In an angry word
In dozens of trivial ways
And one day you look and you look
Trying to remember
The hot rush
The dear, soft touch
The hushed voice in the night
And love hides
Caught in a jealous taunt
A belittling tone
Sometimes love hides in conversation
Not at first
At the familiar sound
Of unfavorable comparisons
In blame and put downs
Dark side of the doubt
Caught in the open
Nowhere to run
Love covers its eyes
And weeps
Embarrassed, alone
Many fountains cannot quench love
Only the tiny drip, drip, dripping away
Of simple trust, of adoration
And love won't come when you call
Licking it's wounds
Cautious
Hiding from intimate dreams
From the loving gaze
The captivating smile
The birth of hope
Wondering when the angel closed the gate
And Eden fell

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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State

Wonderful poetry and such an accurate description of a situation many find their relationship in. Unfortunately it's a rut easily established but not as easy to recover from. Great work! Voted up- awesome and beautiful!


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

How gently heartbreaking, beautifully sad and nostalgic. Thank you for the wonderful poem, though I could have used a little hope. Not that it isn't perfect as it is; just the way I'm feeling lately. Great work Winsome...JR


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Holly, I wish I could say it is only poetry and not personal but you would know better. Thank you so much for the kind words. See you soon. =:)


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey JR, if the heart were perennially blooming none of us would write decent poetry. I do sympathize with you and recommend my "It was one of those days" hub and be sure to turn on Pavarotti before you start reading. I really appreciate the positive review. =:)


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

beautiful. I love how you have made love a character of which we have all met at some point in our lives.

some of the greatest poetry ever written is when love is hiding or has covered her eyes.. only to reappear in due season.

I very much enjoyed reading. I love your depth. xo


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Rebekah, sweet of you to be awake so late and comment. I have wondered what readers would think if "Winsome" let some of the other side of love come out. I am glad to see I need not have worried. Writers like yourself know that "the course of love ne'er did run smooth." I hadn't thought that love was a woman, but as I think about it, it seems right. I am glad you enjoyed it. Sleep well. =:)


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Wow I wish I could write poetry like that. I do feel sad that you are hurting though, and wish you heartfelt healing and much love.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you GL, you are warm and generous and I appreciate your friendship very much. I just did a post on the idea of not waiting to do something because you're unsure or uncomfortable, but just go for it and welcome the possibility of failure as part of the process. This poem felt like a "heart rant" but I took my own advice and posted it anyway. I'm glad I did. =:)


Ghost32 5 years ago

Plenty of pain in this one for sure...but beats the hate we so often see out there. Also for sure.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Ghost, good to see you. You write such important political hubs I forget that you are a poet at heart. Maybe you'll see the green-eyed whirlwind in a beat up Peterbilt out on some Arizona highway. If you do, buy her a coffee and tell her a tale or two. Thanks for the visit. =:)


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Hi Winsome - there's something so sad and yet beautiful about this! 'Love won't come when you call' has such a poignant feel to it. All that was ..... and what is. What I felt when I read it was more the pathos than the pain.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A woinderful poem and thank you for sharing.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hello my friend, Hello - you are most welcome and thank you. In the Neil Diamond song you remind me of he says: "Maybe I'm to blame, but I put my heart above my head." When one follows the heart and the other the head love sometimes hides. =:)


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

WOW and ouch! My comment should be the same as H.C Porter above! Wonderful expression, beautiful even in the sadness.


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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Winsome,

Absolutely beautiful. Voted up and beautiful. The sentiments are deep. Very moving.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

"Wonderful expression, beautiful even in the sadness." What an eloquent tribute, thank you FF. I really appreciate your visit. =:)


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Good to see you GG, thank you for the kind words. I was sitting here lamenting Tom Brady being whipped by Matt Flynn and Connolly the Patriot's Right Guard bumbles 71 yards for 1st and goal making NFL history. I guess that means it ain't over till it's over and you can get help from the most unexpected sources. Love is resilient. You all are Right Guards to me. Blessings =:)


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Shalini, I love it that you discern the difference. Thank you for showing up when it matters. =:)


damian0000 5 years ago

This is a wonderful poem my friend, perceptive and deep and full of passion... such a wonderful mix of emotion, in particular the beginning --- the first four lines and i was hooked! :-)


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Very gracious of you D., I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's a pleasure writing when others can track where you are coming from and where you're headed. I appreciate your stopping by. =:)


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Simply beautiful, I just loved this poem - so heartfelt and beautifully written.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you AC. So glad you enjoyed it. =:)


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lorlie6 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I'm always impressed with your lovely imagery. Thanks for such a beautiful poem, Winsome.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Laurel and you are welcome. I'm always glad when you check in, I couldn't have a more gracious commenter. I'm sitting outside of my business watching the Rose Parade route "night-before-parade" of looky-loo's looking back. It's the world's longest party. Happy New Year to you. =:)


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Awesome expression of the human condition and one we no doubt have all found ourselves in at one moment or another no matter how fleeting. Well written, beautiful and a delight to read! :) Katie


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Katie how kind you are. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I am learning that for love to stay we must be strong enough to allow others their space and to not take their pain into ours nor dump ours in theirs. Hope the holidays were kind to you. =:)


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Winsome, Your poem knocked me off my feet in it's ability to give perfect voice to the fact that though we are all different, this universal experience is recognizable by everyone...even someone called "Winsome". You gave this piece pure, perfect imagrey and painted a picture of stark reality. Masterful!


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Amy, thank you for the kind and eloquent words. Sometimes emotions take over, but if the heart listens to the memories and musings and thoughts, poetry can happen and as you so ably put it, can speak to anyone who has known love. So glad you stopped by. =:)


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Little Kim 5 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

You painted quite a picture. Thank you for sharing. Made me think.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

My pleasure Kim, I've read a few of yours and I know you are a deep thinker. Thanks for reading. =:)


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Little Kim 5 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

Your welcome. Look forward to reading more of your work.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Excellent poem,well described.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thanks C, the thing about poetry is you speak best out of all the sides of life and love. Appreciate the comment. =:)


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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

As you said, dark and twisty. But this is very, very good. Your poem made me wish quite intensely that I had penned those words and that very seldom happens to me. I echo all the earlier comments as well. Theresa P.S. The Heart of the Rose painting is absolutely fabulous.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Theresa, thank you--my left side marvels at what the right side can produce when pain and joy collide. I am very grateful for the opportunity HP has given me to let these things out and for people like you who get it. =:)


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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

This is beautiful, you definitely have a gift with words!

Thank you for your comment in my hub, i'm going to read more of your writing!


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Charlotte, nice of you to visit and thank you for the kind words. The ways of love are not always easy, but the best things in life are always worth the trouble. Hope your day is lovely. =:)


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

Winsome,

Such a lovely and heartrending poem I hope the gift of time has helped you to at least heal if not to have found love again. You so perfectly captured that deep anguish when love slips away where it was once vibrant and real, when we can't get it back no matter how desparately we try. That is such a painful time. Capturing moments such as those in such a special way is a real and special gift. I voted beautiful and awesome.

Lisa


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Lisa, you are right, that poem captured a relationship not officially over, but irrevocably broken. A year or so after the formal end I am up out of the rubble and (you can tell by the hubs since then) I am in a good place with joy and hope alive and well in my heart.

As you probably guessed by now I am a complete romantic and believe love is not hiding, just waiting patiently for me to catch up.

You are so gracious and intuitive and proof that the best of us can be alone sometimes. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and friendship. =:)

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