Minutes--One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

A Poem By Madeline // 1/3/2013

one


We are standing face-to-face
Much too close yet far away
They’re a tricky thing
These games
We both find fun to play
Until of course it fights
Comes back with a bite
Forcing us to hide
Away
Until it’s time to fight


He said--to me--
If you must know
“I’ll be more than glad to go.”
Said the thing that hurt the most
Because he knew me so well


I fell into your arms
Tripped over shoelaces
And you got me
I was off my guard
(Literally)
And we both pushed away
Mumbled apologies


I’m sad, there’s no other word
To describe all this keening hurt
That goes too deep
To be retrieved
By anyone but you


Beaded bracelet
On my wrist
Makes it way
Into my fist
To snap it back
In your face
I grin; you laugh
It’s good, this chase

two


Your lips they tasted honey sweet
The most delicious guilty treat
But I knew better, knew defeat
Was hovering inches over me


Whisper all those words again
I’d really like to hear them
Because you meant what you said
To some degree
And if you didn’t
Will you please
Just whisper them again


Seconds pass as I run forth
Down the gleaming golden court
Ball in hand, I take my leap
And end up knocked off of my feet
Oh love, it always ends this way
At least it does for me


“Come here, I want to show you something”
The words were promising
So I came forth just like you asked
To see what you had seen
And on our way back down the hall
You kissed me on the cheek
Wiped your nose across your sleeve
And grinned when you were teased


Lazy time spent with TV
Two bodies slipped beneath a fleece
This. This is my happy.


We were friends who fell in love
A storybook romance
But what Cinderella failed to say
Was that it’s all to chance
And sometimes it is so, so good
And sometimes it is not
And sometimes bad boys do bad things
And sometimes they get caught

three


One two three
Been counting since that age
And now I count the time
Because you’re running late
And I worry, and I fret
Because that is what girls do best
But turns out when you text me back
I’m stood up; you don’t feel bad


(okay) Pep talk my way to you
(wait) I love all that you do
(say) Everything you’ve ever dreamed
(sleep) You are here next to me


It’s just a moment
When you quit snoring
When my fingers shoots across the space
Between us that is small
And hovers beneath your nose
Waiting for a touch of air
To graze my skin
And I’m holding my breath
In anticipation
When it comes
Softly
I relax
Lay back down
And watch you sleep


Test the waters with your eyes
For fear that they’ll be cold
And call me every night same time
Because you’re an old soul
And so polite, so good to me
A real true gentleman
But behind closed doors I dare to say
You’re much too different


Scared I cower in your shadow
The only dark I like
And if you were to see the sun
I’d wither up and die

four


Be prepared for coming close
Hold your breath
Put on a show
I lie to you too easily to
Stop this from turning dastardly
And you believe what
You don’t see
Oh, how I lie so easily


Pull me aside
The room is so crowded
To a quieter corner
Than the one we were in before
And your hand touches mine
My head is full of something
As you ask how am I
I’m too thrilled to be sure


I steal away
Away from you
Up the stairs
Into my room
I close the door
And hope
Just hope
To hear your feet
Fast approach
And when I do
I pull away
Cross my arms
And lie in wait
When you come in
So warily
I accept
Your weak sorry
But what I think
When you walk out
Is why do I
Hold so much doubt?

I’m going to settle
Time to relent
I’m going to settle
And repent
I’m going to settle
Not resist
I’m going to settle
And give in


Sand beneath my feet
Feel the ocean move
Around my toes and ankles
Feel my body grove
Along with nature candid
And unpleasant, reedy tones
Do you really love me?
Because I think you don’t

five


“See this picture?”
“Yeah.”
You asked me on a Sunday
“Want to know who’s in it?”
“You.”
“Want to hear the story?”
“No thanks,” I said cheerfully
For I already had
But you paid me no mind
Just kept going on
Like that


Borderline obsessive
I search your name again
Click a Youtube heading
And soak all that’s you in
Because I love your smile
That grin upon your face
Your gorgeous gravelly voice
Something music can’t replace
And I feel it deep inside
At the bottom of my throat
An unrequited yearning
A hollow little hope
That someday I will meet you
And you’ll think I’m smart and fun
That some day you might like me
That the like could turn to love
But then I’m forced back into
A cold reality
I don’t even know you
And you? You don’t know me


They say I fractured it in three places
I told you over the phone
And then you showed
Up at my door
Asking if I wanted ice cream
And what flavor
All in one breath
And my chest
Constricted
Because I wanted to
So very badly
But then again
They said
For me to stay in
And I tell you no
Not this time
Sorry


Your voice becomes an echo
Unwelcome in my ears
I try to block it out but it
Sears and sears and sears


You know about falling more than anyone
Son, and that’s why I should stay
Away from you
The truth of the matter is that
Tracks are one in your mind
Try to see it like I do
But you hear me turn you down
Loud again, and I guess
Confess, that I might know why
You never asked after that

six


I lost my iPod
Again
And I’m looking for it
Again
In the Lost-and-Found
I move aside a mitten
When
Will it show up
When
Will it show up
When
Will it show--
But then someone’s there
Suddenly
Holding it out
Says sincerely
“I found it by my locker”
I guess I must have dropped it
So he pressed it into my hand
He’s cute, I note
His eyes are blue
They go good with his hair
And suddenly I’m there
Right next to him
Asking if he wants to get
Coffee
Tea
a Smoothie
Anything
After school
But he laughs in a mean way
Says he has a girlfriend
Laughs again, backs away
Leaving me wishing
That I’d never spoken


The song is sort of long
My fingers need a break
But you are there beside me
Lying in my wait
Patient
So I play


“You forgot to make coffee”
My words were rather cold
You rolled your eyes because you knew
That you had just been told
Last night, but do you really
Have to be so difficult?
If only you’d do what I asked
My problems would be solved


Double A
I run to the store
Grab the pack
I’m out the door
Down the street
In the jeep
When suddenly
You’re there with me
In my head
In my space
I pull over
To take a break
And wash away
The memories
They’re all of you
It’s hard to breathe
And then like that
You’re gone again
I’m all alone
Away you’re sent
I start the car
And pull back out
Into traffic
Not a sound

Comments

This is really really good.

*gasp* My favourite? Awww.....

I like the pep talk one....simply cos it had the word 'pep' in it. :)

I love 1st one of six....the ipod one....love the lines and rhythm.

And the last one. That story is great.

Great job with these, Homey! ;)

Maddi | Thu, 01/03/2013

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

:)

I love the way you said that, short peoms that tell small stories. :)
My favorite part was

"Oh love, it always ends this way
At least it does for me"

little woman | Thu, 01/03/2013

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
-G. K. Chesterton

:)

I love these poems. The rhythm was always amazing in each one.

There is absolutely no way I could choose my favorite. But I know you really want to know, so I'll pick one from each heading.

One: Ⅱ

“...I’ll be more than glad to go.”
Said the thing that hurt the most
Because he knew me so well
-- I love that because you made the person say something very simple but I could relate because someone could say something to me that seems very simple and actually nice to others but it to me, "the thing that [could ever] hurt the most".

Two: Ⅲ

Seconds pass as I run forth
Down the gleaming golden court
Ball in hand, I take my leap
And end up knocked off of my feet
Oh love, it always ends this way
At least it does for me
-- This is not love, for me, but other things. I could really relate. I love that you wrote this and I had an instant image in my mind of the bigger picture -- not a ball, but something in real life, bigger than a ball. This was great! ...ach, I'm not really getting at what I want to say!

Three: The "pep" talk...I really love!! I kept reading it over and over and over! It was just so cool that it made sense reading it both ways (with and without the parentheses) and getting different meanings out of it! Fanastic.

Four: III. For some reason, I like it. Maybe because that's what I do sometimes?

Five: II. I've never done that, but I thought it was particularly hilarious for some reason. I don't know why. I smiled at the last line.

Six: Double A! For some reason, the first thing that came onto my mind when I read the first line was...battery! And it was! But I love the whole poem. There's a sort of sad or melancholy thing to it and I can identify this poem with somethings that have been happening lately. Ooh, yes, I can!

You are such a gifted poet, Homey! The fact that all the poems I mentioned made me remember something at some point of my life and identify and feel shows that you are.

Wonderful job!

~ Megan

Lucy Anne | Thu, 01/03/2013

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wow. You guys are totally

Wow. You guys are totally amazing. Thank you so much. I can't even begin to tell you how inspired I am to write after reading comments like yours. I so appreciate it, and I so appreciate you taking the time to read my writing. You're all amazing writers yourselves, so that means a lot.

Maddi--Thank you so much! :) I love getting feedback on these poems. They're so fun to write! I really appreciate it. :)

little woman--Thank you! :D I really appreciate it. :D

Lucy--I was smiling throughout your whole comment! Thank you so much. And for taking the time to type all of that out. I'm so glad you could relate to them. Just thank you so very much!

Madeline | Fri, 01/04/2013

everything was better when/you would call and I'd be like/yeah babe, no way

OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS I'M

OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS I'M PRETTY SURE THAT YOU JUST WROTE A BEAUTIFUL VERSION OF MY LIFE.
*ahem. I'm good now. But for-real, I was about to cry during some of these. So beautifully written. It reflected so much of what my life has been like for the past year.
For some reason, these seemed connected (at least until Five) it seemed like a progression to me. I mean it in a really fantastic way :) I'm going to tell you my favorite parts now:

"It’s just a moment
When you quit snoring
When my fingers shoots across the space
Between us that is small
And hovers beneath your nose
Waiting for a touch of air
To graze my skin
And I’m holding my breath
In anticipation
When it comes
Softly
I relax
Lay back down
And watch you sleep"

This one, sadly, is the story of my life. Lol.
"Borderline obsessive
I search your name again
Click a Youtube heading
And soak all that’s you in
Because I love your smile
That grin upon your face
Your gorgeous gravelly voice
Something music can’t replace
And I feel it deep inside
At the bottom of my throat
An unrequited yearning
A hollow little hope
That someday I will meet you
And you’ll think I’m smart and fun
That some day you might like me
That the like could turn to love
But then I’m forced back into
A cold reality
I don’t even know you
And you? You don’t know me"

"You know about falling more than anyone
Son, and that’s why I should stay
Away from you
The truth of the matter is that
Tracks are one in your mind
Try to see it like I do
But you hear me turn you down
Loud again, and I guess
Confess, that I might know why
You never asked after that"

There are more, but I figured out that would take up a whole page in one comment. Such a beautiful job.

Erin | Sat, 01/05/2013

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Me reading your comment:

Me reading your comment: *huge grin*

My brother: What are you smiling at?

Me: *still smiling* Nothing.

My brother: *walks over* Is it One Direction?

Me: No!

Hahahaha. :) Thank you so much! That made me smile. :D And it means a lot!

(P.S. Sadly, I relate to that one, too! LOLOL!!!)

Madeline | Sat, 01/05/2013

everything was better when/you would call and I'd be like/yeah babe, no way

Lol, that sounds like my

Lol, that sounds like my brother. :D

Erin | Sat, 01/05/2013

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Six II is my favorite. Most

Six II is my favorite. Most of the other ones made me sad, but that one struck me differently. It reminded me the time I was in a crowded gym, waiting for my mom after co-op, and this girl I knew with long curly hair was sitting in the bleachers with a boy I didn't know, and he was playing guitar for her and she was singing. But what I like about all these poems is that they leave a lot to imagine. You give the reader a shape we can fill out. That's a gift, my friend. :)

Anna | Fri, 03/22/2013

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief

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