Writing Lines

HandWritingWhat’s inside the lines
of great love stories?

Never mind the embellishments
to keep people’s attentions;
at the core, in the cracks
between the punctuations
lives the hearts of
writers who lived
what inspired them.

The heart wants
what the heart wants
for reasons
that reason cannot
understand;

profoundly states
unreasoned affinity
shared between
ill-suited couples.

I can contribute
a little I think
since I know
a thing or two
about the unrequited
relentlessly enamored
heart.

My best line came
when asked
why not hate him
at least
stop loving him.
I had to confess
“I tried; but it’s the only thing
my heart understands
to do to him.”

©2009 Shari Lynne Smothers

Prompt: Write a poem involving lines. This is my poem for Day 14 of the 2009 November PAD Chapbook Challenge.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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