Day 10: It Could Have Been

Call my name—no
just step into the room.
My breath catches and
I’m aware anew of how much
you are a part of the
breaths I take.

Even after these many years,
contemplating all we are
can move me to tears of joy
that you and I discovered
each other and unleashed
the power of ages through
embracing instead of denying love.

It could have been quite different
if just one of us had not been
brave enough to stand in the wash of
unswerving, consuming, abiding affinity.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 10 prompt: Write a ‘love’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Love poems still represent a peculiar challenge for me. The effort to be sure is worth it. But, to have a decent outcome, I rarely hit it in one day, to say nothing of a few hours. So, to keep from losing the whole of my evening, I give it to you pretty much like it came to me — and I’m sorry.

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!

One thought on “Day 10: It Could Have Been

  1. I’m glad you think this love poem offering is fitting. I did this PAD challenge last November, and liked it so much I’m back again this year. I hope you enjoy it and stay with it too. I look forward to reading your poems! Thank you, Elizabeth, for your encouraging words.


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