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Anti-Love Poem #1

When you've loved someone,
As much as you're capable of,
Just let them go. Even better,
Don't write about them- ever.
If you must, let it be once only
And let that be as their epitaph.
Let the seasons and the wind
Sweep away the painful memories
Don't try to re-start fire from a faded puff of smoke.
And give yourself some time to recover.

If you must write thousands of lines
About what went wrong, or why,
For gods sake burn it- burn it quickly
Don't leave it lying around for others eyes to see
And for the dance line to start forming behind you:
The Designated Mourners of decayed, extinct love affairs
Don't forget to leave some room for the next good thing
Which has been waiting patiently at your door
While you've been existing only in the past
As a one-dimensional loser.
Remember, there's only a one letter difference.

by Patti Masterman

Comments (19)

Broken hearts create beautiful poetry... Nontheless, you have written your anti-writing-about-lost-love view with so much passion... even that is remarkable poetry.
I write my best poems with a broken heart. It helps me write a lot better than love does. Thanks anyway
Patti, very sound advice, But, very few will heed.i love that you left us a riddle to solve. (it took me a few minutes) But, I solved it! . Nicely done.
one letter difference? loser/lover? oh, i see 'Pamela S.' is trying to be funny in her comment. not too bad. very well done. i approve, but i'm sure MANY women have written reams about ME! PLEASE! tell me you are not using epitaph literally! ! ! ep·i·taph ˈepəˌtaf/ noun noun: epitaph; plural noun: epitaphs a phrase or statement written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone. synonyms: elegy, commemoration, obituary; inscription, legend the epitaphs on their tombstones this is going into my/our all-female June 2017 showcase. ok? i'll probably send the showcase to you when it is ready...or almost done. bri :) Thanks. and to MyPoemList.
I losed this! Very clever, well written, and actually, for a poet, great advice. I read through this to the end, digesting every word. So much to write about in this, but really, just well done. Moving forward and on...Thanks!
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