and then

and then by phil burns

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sometimes you drive me crazy
I start to think that maybe I’ll
be better off without you
I wonder is this all worthwhile

it isn’t easy getting close
when we have long lived single lives
especially when you and I
have tongues like cold sharp knives

we know just how to damage
with words fine laced like dirt
we probe to find the weak point
we know exactly how to hurt

and we have both grown selfish
unaware of others’ needs
we hide deep within our dark caves
until the fear of pain recedes

so we are quite reluctant
to venture brave outside
to where our hearts were ravished
to where life and love reside

you start to scratch my broken nerves
I wonder is this all worthwhile
the clouds are dark the rain pounds down
and then and then you smile

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6 Responses to and then

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    This is a fascinating piece Elephant on relationships and people. We get used to having things the way we like and having a partner or living with others, even, means we have to compromise. That means we get on each other’s nerves and that caring for someone and being nice leads to hurt b/c we can’t have ‘our way’ is hat we’re used to. And we get mad b/c we’re how we are and the hurt is more painful from a loved one. But despite the dark clouds and rain that “smile” seems to make it all worth it, seems to heal the wounds the speaker and his love cause each other. Hugs Elephant!


  2. Perfection … words escape me. I love this in every way. The flow, the meaning and the fluidity.
    When I grow up I want to write just like you. 😊
    Isadora 😎


    • AnElephantCant ever imagine
      What is Inside the Mind of Isadora
      He has no plans to grow up
      He remains a large pup
      But if he is the fauna then you are the quite perfect flora

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      • You made me smile and brought about a chuckle too. I don’t ever want to grow up. Now, that I’m retired I can play and do just about anything I’d like. I do enjoy wearing flowers in my hair as a princess crown. I guess that says it all. Thank you for a fun Sunday morning play time. 😄 👑🌸


  3. emmylgant says:

    Love freely shared
    Has no more weight than a smile.
    Nothing is owed anyone
    Save respect and truth.

    Well done AEC.


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