Happy Ending

After they had not made love
she pulled the sheet up over her eyes
until he was buttoning his shirt:
not shyness for their bodies- those
they had willingly displayed- but a frail
endeavour to apologise.

Later, though, drawn together by
a distaste for such 'untidy ends'
they agreed to meet again; whereupon
they giggled, reminisced, held hands
as though what they had made was love-
and not that happier outcome- friends.

by Fleur Adcock

Comments (8)

A beautifully envisioned thought provoking poem. Thanks for sharing it here.
shows how poetry is the clothing in words of an important idea. MM
Love and dreams! Drawn together. Thanks for sharing.
Interesting. Friendship is much more durable than love.
poet Fleur Adcock #496 on top 500 poets Poet's PagePoemsQuotesCommentsStatsBiographyShare on FacebookShare on Twitter Poems by Fleur Adcock: 1 / 4 next poem » Happy Ending - Poem by Fleur Adcock Autoplay next video After they had not made love she pulled the sheet up over her eyes until he was buttoning his shirt: not shyness for their bodies- those they had willingly displayed- but a frail endeavour to apologise. Later, though, drawn together by a distaste for such 'untidy ends' they agreed to meet again; whereupon they giggled, reminisced, held hands as though what they had made was love- and not that happier outcome- friends. Beautiful and witty. Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing the poem.
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