Bitten Twice


Ants! (Photo credit: Romain Bochet)

I heard your voice this morning
Across a crowded café
And in this vocal memory
So many years just washed away
I would have searched you out
Before you went away
But I found I had nothing to say

You didn’t see me there
Or even if you did
All the instincts of our complex past
All the promises we bid
Like ghosts in some old castle
Into crevices have slid
And within this debris they hid

We could have shared a coffee
I think that might be nice
The friendship that we severed then
Should not have turned to ice
Or time by now should thaw it through
And give us sage advice
But no-one should be bitten twice

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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16 Responses to Bitten Twice

  1. Brian Hughes says:

    I generally find that there’s a reason why I stopped being friends with certain people in the past and it only takes a quick conversation with them in the present to remind me why.

  2. I’ve had friends like that. Stop talking, years pass, start talking, and then we realize why we couldn’t be friends.

  3. I love this poem, and so true!

  4. ksbeth says:

    ouch and painfully true

  5. some evolve. some don’t. this is often why the dynamics of a relationship changes. great post Sis 😉 xxxx

  6. I can relate this one quite strongly gorgeous writing!

    The new prompt is up which I think you might have noticed lol

  7. Eric says:

    I liked the way you ended this one, with a Frost-like bite, dear. But just remember, two bites are better than one! 😉

  8. zainabattari says:

    Amazingly written! I could read your poetry all day. 😀

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