The Poet of Lost Love

By Echoes of Orpheus





She shivered within her bunched up blankets;
clinging to them for a comfort
which they were too inanimate to give.

The picture that had always comforted her before
was no longer there on the end table.
Nothing but a clock
ticking, tocking,
and quietely mocking her.

She slid open the drawer.
Dusty pages laid in wait
lusting for eyes to make more
of the ink laid across it;
for there was so much more
than just words.

The pages were more of a
black and white image.
A photograph of an emotion,
permanence of a heartbeat;
captured and written.
His every wish, desire and feeling.

And the picture was her.



She couldn't read his words anymore.
She shut the drawer and tried to sleep;
Though tears still escaped
eyes forced shut.










He played through memories in his head;
antiquities,
the only thing he had left from her.
Relic memories repeating
as the knife broke through his skin.

Blood fell and stained pages of his notebook
in places his words hadn't already...
Words as dark as the ink that placed them there.

His fault was in his loyalty.
In his vow to never break a promise.
A romantic to the end.

He learned roughly,
as many before him,
that idealists don't belong
in a realist world.

He remembered vividly
the day she left him.

He never smiled again...









She saw him across a busy street,
pen in hand writing.
He stared blankly at the traffic
and masses of people scurrying around him.
Only his hand moved,
the rest of his body still as his gaze.

He rose from his seat
and boarded a bus as it arrived,
leaving his notebook behind.







She cracked it open once she crawled into bed,
reading from it for hours.

"Another notebook I leave,
I do not know why.
To any reader:
Know that I ask no pity.
I choose to suffer.
Love is only lost
when both forget."

She read of pure pain and agony
and somehow
upon a blood stained final page
she read an ode to herself.

A beautiful dedication.
Not to a demon or heart breaker
but to a goddess.

Inside the back cover she read:



"I continue my pain.






I will not forget
and I will always love her.






I promised."














She slammed the end table
where his picture should have been.

Tears streaked her face
as she twisted underneath the blankets.
Clinging to them,
again,
for a comfort they were too inanimate to give.



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© 2008 Echoes of Orpheus
Published on Monday, September 8, 2008.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Pennyless Poet On Monday, October 7, 2013, Pennyless Poet (19)By person wrote:

    I know what's better for one. But i dont know what's more beautiful... a lost love, or a love found. Would Romeo and Juliet be such a beautiful story, if it had no tragedy...? Great work! Keep on writing! Take care.

  • Grim_Sorrow On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, Grim_Sorrow (77)By person wrote:

    ... beautiful, painful... thank you

  • disfunctionalak On Monday, April 12, 2010, disfunctionalak (67)By person wrote:

    I love this.... I can totally relate to this.... Great peice... Write on!!!

  • Mars On Sunday, December 7, 2008, Mars (333)By person wrote:

    Why do these have to hurt so damn much? Scholar

  • A former member wrote: 'His fault was in his loyalty. In his vow to never break a promise. A romantic to the end.' I know someone who would relate to those exact words. A brilliant read x Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Can i Use this for a class assignment? its soppose to be poetry and mine is pass due. Scholar

  • Echoes of Orpheus On Wednesday, October 15, 2008, Echoes of Orpheus (368)By person wrote:

    If the assignment is to submit a poem, I would prefer you didn't use my work as your own. Though I don't know the assignment, clarify for me, please.

  • A former member wrote: this left me breathless... and I read it 3 times..I could drink your words in and never feel full enough of them. absolutely beautiful ~rain

  • Narcissa On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, Narcissa (403)By person wrote:

    "...I choose to suffer. Love is only lost when both forget." Those are the lines that hold me and have held me captive for so many years...But I don't choose to suffer...I just do... love this piece.

  • Sketso On Monday, September 8, 2008, Sketso (455)By person wrote:

    ...no second chances in unmet glances, and the poet lives on, turn the page... wonderful tale from both sides of the coin, with an ache that makes you question the need for frustration at all. Well spun.

  • Fantecstasy On Monday, September 8, 2008, Fantecstasy (128)By person wrote:

    Style abound, and my imagination displaced. This wasn't fiction, this was a captured reality for me. It had a smooth flow and stirred emotion as you so often do. Way to go. *tips hat twice*

  • Echoes of Orpheus On Monday, September 8, 2008, Echoes of Orpheus (368)By person wrote:

    Always brightens my day to see a comment from you Joshy, and a fave... glad you enjoyed this, though sorry you felt this as you did.

  • A former member wrote: my heart aches for this, through this, over and underneath it. on shades of velveted pain. oh i need to go cry now, beautiful

  • Mars On Monday, September 8, 2008, Mars (333)By person wrote:

    She shivered within her bunched up blankets;/clinging to them for a comfort/which they were too inanimate to give. the most beautiful line i've read in such a long time. thank you. Scholar

  • Echoes of Orpheus On Monday, September 8, 2008, Echoes of Orpheus (368)By person wrote:

    Thank you Mars, glad you enjoyed this

  • Mars On Monday, September 8, 2008, Mars (333)By person wrote:

    i'm crying. you don't even know how this makes me feel. i felt it all too deep. like a knife in the heart. -mars Scholar

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