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Love On The Rocks

Updated on February 3, 2016

By: Wayne Brown

Why do you look at me that way?

When I look at you like this?

Is there something you need to say?

Is there something that I missed?



Why do you feel so sad like that?

When I don’t feel the same?

Is there something not given tit for tat?

Do I not know how to play this game?



Why do you hide and shed your tears?

When will your sadness finally heal?

Is there something more to calm your fears?

Is there something I should feel?



Why is your life such a secret hidden away?

When is that diary an open book?

Is there anything more that I could say?

Do I not deserve another look?



Why is your smile hidden in your pocket?

Who locked it away in there?

Is there something I can do to unlock it?

Can I not show you how much I care?



Why can’t our lives be lived as one?

Why do you fight and fear it so?

Is there something I can do to get it done?

Or would you prefer that I just go?



Why can’t love take root and grow?

What makes you fight its advance?

Is there something I don’t get or know?

Can you not give our love a chance?


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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @lalesu...That's because you are so perceptive, Laura. I intended that just that meaning could be drawn. It depends on which side of the love line one is standing on. I'm a little stinker with things like that sometimes! WB

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      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      It's an odd perspective that we all take away from this poem. Most feel it's opening up much needed lines of communication, but for me if reminds of still argueing with a recently divorced ex who damand too many answers from them.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99...Billy Graham said it, "communications is the answer" yet we seem to fail at it too often with those we love. I think it is because the emotion of love somehow overwhelms our ability to think and reason and we move to a more instinctive defensive posture. Relationships should be a healthy competition that silently says "I think I can do more for you than you can for me" and then follow up on that premise each day. Sometimes, we will end up the fool but more often than not the other person will see what you feel and work in harmony with you. I believe in "best friends and lovers"...friendship will always take you over the waters that love won't cross. I learned that the hard way. Thanks much Pamela..I appreciate you taking the time to read and leave your nice comments! WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wayne, I liked this tender poem and isn't communication always the key that unlocks problems, but it takes two to have that openness. You are a talented poet!

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @A.A. Zavala...missed you somehow in earlier comments. It's been to have been there than still there AA. But I know how that can be. Thanks for the good words! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @CJV123..Some on the left think I'm an....well, you get my drift! Thanks for the nice words, Carol! WB

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful! You are definitely a poet with the mostest! Carol

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @valeriebelew...We all get tossed on the tide and crashed on the rocks a bit when the waters get rough. Just showin' everybody that I can do things other than grind the political axe! Congrats on that 100 again! WB

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      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Gosh Wayne. That thing could have been written to me. I'm not sure my diary will ever be an open book. My life is a secret, and I try NOT to be understood. Still, I like your caring and spunk. Good write. (:v

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Been there...actually still there. Outstanding poem!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I just finished a short story that reminds me of this hub, Wayne. It was about all of the 'unsaids' in a marriage that can eat away at the realities of the two involved.

      Great story, great hub!

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      8 years ago

      Such a tender and yet very sad piece. Your first lines say it all - two people reading 'the look' and not quite getting it right somehow. If only they would talk. All the hidden things, too, that are not shared only add to the confusion and hurt. This really tugs at the heart. Beautiful!

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Wayne that is okay it suites the poem too well. Thanks though. Cheers.

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @SR1...Ken...ABSOLUTELY..that is the key to keeping it together for the friendship will get you through those dark storms of life that love will not navigate. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @50Cal...I saw a picture of Obama and was overcome with tenderness, 50! WB

      @ladyjane1...Sorry LJ. I can change this one to my backup if it will help you out. I don't mind. WB

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Very nice poem I was just going to publish a hub called Love on the Rocks which is ironic but now maybe I will publish it with a different name. Good job as always, cheers.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, you old softy, we can never be as you wish 'cuz one of us is queer I'm afraid and it ain't me, so back to the midgets off you go, stay where your loved best and you know, I'm yanking your chain as this piece was sweet, to sweet for an old salt like me with a gut full of bitterness eating me up, 50

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      8 years ago

      Wayne it's a very touching and poignant piece of work. Pulling at the heart strings of lovers and lost loves. Two failed marriages for me, when communication was a problem. Sometimes reflection is good and healing for those who went through a lost love. One has to ask what could I have done to save it, what did I do so wrong that we couldn't have kept it together.

      The answer haunts me. Neither one of us worked hard enough at trying to keep it together. Walking away and ending it all was simply easier to do at the time and yet it caused a whole lot of hurt going through the process. This is a beautiful expression of lost love. I don't wish a marriage break up for anyone, make sure the person you marry is YOUR BEST FRIEND as well as your lover. Peace

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      Wayne Brown 

      8 years ago from Texas

      @Bpop...Thanks Poppy, one of those tender moments for me that required expression. Certainly many marriages fail every year for the lack of communication to smooth the way ahead. Questions need to ask if love is to be saved! WB

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      8 years ago

      Wayne, I love this poem. I think it says what needs to be said so often in a marriage. Your words can open the door to healing.


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