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Updated on April 9, 2012

April Poetry Month

Poem 8

To call you boy

Would be a misnomer

On the cusp,

but not yet a man.

A pureness in your eyes,

Innocence, not yet tainted

Reminds me of yesterday

When love was new to me.


I deny myself

That there could be between us,

An understanding greater than friendship.

Because I can bear my own denial, not yours,

I reject myself so that you

Need not reject me.


I hide tears in the night,

That you may only know me smiling.

©Ann Davis-Adele Haverty 1980

Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon


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    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Yes, Tim was younger. But they broke up. Now she is dating someone even younger. AD

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      This is beautifully bittersweet, Ann. Re your inclusion of Susan Sarandon - one of my favorite actresses. Is Tim Robbins way younger than she? Just wonderin'.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Such a beautiful poem with so much depth. Thank you Ann.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely - a very moving piece of poetry, beautifully done.

      Voting up and shared.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Oh, ha ha ha. Mike. You're so sweet to correct me discreetly. Thank you. I'm smiling.

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Michael, always the encourager. In this 30 day poetry contest, I am pressured for time. I have been writing poetry since I was a small child, saving a draft in a folder. I went through the phases. The teenager phase, the rebellion phase, the womanly phase, etc. So I went back a few years to my womanly phase and dusted this one off. Took away a line or two and added a line or two.

      Thanks for the visit.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Yes, Sueswan. I think all of us write around the same subject material. I'm sure your slant on it will be enlightening. Thank you for votes. Good luck.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thank you anan. It happens. You never know when love might fill a need.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      All love is wonderful. We just have to be sure it's not being abused.

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      AD, very nice. A reality for sure, the search for a right answer

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      Anan Celeste 

      6 years ago from California


      I am beyond words. This piece of poetry has touched me so.

      This so sad...

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      6 years ago

      Hi Ann,

      I just finished writing a poem with the same theme. lol

      Haven't published it yet.

      "I reject myself so that you

      Need not reject me."

      I and I am sure many others can relate to these words.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      ann, you sweet deep honey. I really like this it is so profound and a small peek at your womanly emotions. great poetry!!!


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