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No Looking Back
(7/12/1964 / Michigan)

No Looking Back

Poem By Shelly Price

It's time for me to say goodbye...
to a love that used to consume me.
A love that was so bitersweet...
but had nothing to do with reality.

I had mine and you had yours...
but the two were never the same.
My reality said love was the answer...
your reality said love was a game.

You played your game for far too long...
guess what...in the end you lose.
You never should have expected to win...
at the expense of those you used.

Your pedestal doesn't exist anymore...
I hope it didn't hurt when you fell.
I look at you and see a cowardly man...
one who's disguises have served him well.

You pushed me one too many times...
surely you've heard of a woman scorned?
I refuse to be responsible any longer...
especially since you've been warned.

You know I tried to make it work...
I tried everything...to no avail.
I should have realized much sooner...
how determined you were that we fail.

I hate to admit that I'm giving up...
we both know that quiting is not my game.
But today I took my last dose of you...
and now I quit you without shame.

There is no looking back this time...
if I look back I'll see only regret.
Today I look only to the future...
and hope I can learn to forgive and forget.

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