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I dream of the day we first hugged, my arms
around you holding tight; never letting go
for a million years

Oh how I loved you THIS much

I remember the flower that you picked
a yellow daisy from the ground
I loved you as wide as my arms could spread
those days seem so long ago, through childhood
and adult years;  you kept me safe
I hung on every word you said
back when we were innocent


innocence does not stay around
captured moments as a photograph
replaced with pain, lies and distrust
and as I sit amongst the daisies
remembering what we had

I whisper in one breath
don’t ever come near me


©jmtacken Sep 2103



her last page

many thanks to Sky Vani, for sharing this song and beautiful video.
feel free to play it low as a soundtrack, as i did while writing this poem.

as early as her day begins, it ends
a sad memoir echoes an empty room,
and she breezes through her motions
without a care in this world.
as if her love never really ended
wrote the diary, it’s last page.

wide cupped latte’
a quick croissant
and her habitual daily stroll
to every place they ever met.
she’s hoping without a prayer
he’ll be sitting there as always
in his favorite, corner chair.

she chooses spools of woven thread
from the French village mercerie,
that suggestive red dress
he always loved
and it’s noticeable tear.
as if life never did really end
wrote the diary, her last page.

written April 2013

Lost love

Do you lie frozen under the covers

Cannot move to face the day

Is your body frozen in a moment

Seek shelter to keep your tears at bay


Do you dare not breathe to hard for that will make you think

Motionless, still you lie, for you fear your soul will sink


Do you lie frozen & find solitude with covers pulled up high

Breathing like a waveless lake in submission with your heart

Not responding to your surrounds or life

You have aches and unseen wounds for being apart


Longing your thoughts a simple adieu

Slowly waiting to gain control so you can be …you


Scared of what will happen next

Unsure of the tomorrow

Love been lost, you’re uncontrolled

Your body limp, your mind perplexed


Why has he left, does he also ache

You look at the ring…your love..your insignificant keepsake


Breathe in and out again sweet one

For you will gain your control

The covers can go down again

And you will soon again be whole


Last Goodbye

“my heart grieves” she says
and i ask
“why does your heart grieve?”
she answered
“because i know that the love
we used to share has died…it seems
all that’s left in its place is the memory
of how it used to be…a memory
of how it used to feel…”
and the only answer i could
give her was my silence
and a guilty stare into the space
past her…but then i took her hand in mine
and felt her fingers in between
the spaces of my own…it didn’t feel the same…
and i said
“indeed…the love we once shared
has died…buried beneath
painful memories and broken promises…”
she looked at me and i looked away
to hide the tears…and the silence
that followed became our last “goodbye”…



Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Out of sight, out of mind

I’m down here, and you’re up yonder

How I wish we could unwind


The hours, days and months now passed

Lost forever, spent apart

Life goes on both slow and fast

Through it all, you’re in my heart


I don’t want to go back there

Rekindling all the pain and sorrow

I’m afraid, I do not dare

So we both face a new tomorrow


I hear apologies sometimes

In little things you say and do

I speak my heart in verse and rhymes

Between the lines, the same as you


Maybe there will come a day

When we can find the path to heal

Nothing’s impossible, they say

Not when a love is truly real


So was it real…that is the question

It was for me, not sure for you

Or was it just a hard life lesson

Superficial, and not true


I know you love me…always knew

Though things existed that were wrong

And you should know my love is true

The kind that runs deep, and lasts long.


The thoughts of you may bring some sadness

That’s a truth I can’t deny

But I’m not sorry…still have gladness

And I’ll love you ’til I die


The End

Driving down the highway I was lis’ning to some tunes

A song came on I hadn’t heard in many, many moons.

It brought back many mem’ries, some happy and some sad.

We had some really hard times, but all of them weren’t bad.

Still, I can’t wrap my brain around the way it all would end.

I once had been so certain, on your love I could depend.

I know that I’m not perfect, nor expected you to be.

You threw me out like I was trash, it happened suddenly.

I really have forgiven, though you did not ‘pologize.

Forgiving you is one thing, but you must realize

You’re hell bent on maintaining that you have done no wrong

Or so it seems, we didn’t talk about it for too long.

I know that you are hurting though you hide behind your shell

Somewhere inside, you feel bad too, but hope no one can tell

Maybe you and I were never meant to be as one

It’s water under the bridge now,  when all is said and done.

I do not want to hurt you, I never have, you know.

It was you, said we were done, you wanted me to go.

I thought that we had come so far, the past was all behind.

Now I just hope whatever you are looking for, you’ll find.



I Miss Those Days (A terzanelle)

This one was a bit challenging for me…mainly because it really confused me and it took awhile to understand.  Challenges are good though. :) Here is the link to the rules for this poetry form.  I chose the second ending type.  Shadow Poetry – Terzanelle

I miss those days

Days long ago

I miss those days


Where did they go?

They fled so fast

Days long ago


They did not last

Those days so dear

They fled so fast


For good, I fear

My heart aches for

Those days so dear


Those days of yore

Our love so strong

My heart aches for


Now gone so long

Our love so strong

I miss those days

I miss those days


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