you said yes

artwork by phil burns

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you said yes

I saw you
standing with a group of friends
at the school gates
and when I plucked up my courage
you smiled and said yes

some time later
I left for university
I knew a girl like you
would have admirers
but when I asked if you’d wait
you smiled and said yes

time passed and I asked
the biggest question of all
and of course
you smiled and said yes

we lived happily then
but not ever after
I worked far away
and suffered loneliness
when I asked your forgiveness
for a terrible fault
you smiled and said yes

but then I was away
too far and too long
and mistake followed stupid mistake
I returned and saw
in your eyes
a different
deeper sadness
and when I asked
if there was someone else
you didn’t smile
but you said yes

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11 Responses to you said yes

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  2. Lindsey says:

    Beautiful. The pain and difficulty of deep and sustained connection expressed so well.


  3. jenne49 says:

    The human condition laid bare.
    You never shy away from the soreness of life.
    Simply and poignantly written, beautifully crafted towards the final two lines.


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