If Only You Knew

Unrequited – Word of the Day


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Our hands grazed over the sugar
and you took mine,
your smile conspiratorial,
as you quietly said: “But you understand?”

I nodded, without conviction.
“You’re a good listener you know.”
I nodded some more,
as we sat sipping our lies.

You smiled summer and laughed spring as we talked.
Minutes were hours and hours were minutes,
as we covered the earth and all that was in it,
but none of the words inside.

I wanted then to reclaim your hand,
to have and to hold,
to steal a kiss,
unravelling all the while.

I wanted to,
I wanted to say how I loved you and more,
but the words remained glued in my mouth.
O if only you knew how I wanted to say.


©Paul Cannon





Filed under life, Link, love, romance

30 responses to “If Only You Knew

  1. This is beautiful… Makes me wish there is at least one poem like this one that has been writen after crossing a gentleman’s path 😉

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  2. This sounds like the ominous “It’s me not you” conversation…

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  3. Bravo, well written, true unrequited love … 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Awww! Hasn’t this happened with almost all of us atleast once. Sigh!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. MNL

    love this! i can feel the emotions swelling up, and getting trapped at the voicebox but escaping through the eyes

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  6. glued words 💕💕👍 love love love it!😱🤪

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  7. lync56

    Amazing poetry you have a gift


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  8. This is so sweet and romantic.

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