Between Wrong and Right

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What happened to our friendship?

When did we become separated?

We used to be there for each other

And always up for chance to get together.

It has been a year since I heard from you.

I sent an email asking how you were

But I never got a response.

I have reread that email time and again,

Thinking I may have said or done something

Wrong.

If only you would give me a chance,

A moment to sit down and talk,

We could reconcile this friendship.

It has lasted about 18 years,

Through both tears and laughter.

I hate to see it blown away

Like a pile of leaves on a fall day.

I care about you.

You care about me

Right?


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – reconcile

The Pattern of Friendship

I see them there

Perfectly in line

Diamonds after diamonds

Completing the design

I know the pattern well

As a looked at that table

For week after week

Hoping you’d meet me there

 But you never did

I don’t know if you were

Afraid of me

Afraid of us or

Afraid of yourself

But we never met there

And ten years later

I still wonder if you had

Would things have ended differently

Would you still be my friend


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Another Date, Another Disappointment

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He kept talking.  He droned on and on.  After a while he just began to sound like all the adults in a Peanuts cartoon.  She felt this was one of the worst dates yet.  Part of it was her though.  She still compared them all in her mind to him.

John had been the one who opened her mind up to all sorts of possibilities.  He had said she would be his and she fell for him hard.  Problem was it wasn’t true.  When the chance for more presented itself he just told her she was a friend.  Heartbroken she tried to go on and forget the physical attraction and just focus on the friendship.  Even when he ended up hundreds of miles away, she still couldn’t shake the feeling he was her soul mate.

“Are you ready to go dancing Teresa?” he said interrupting her thoughts.

“Actually, I think I should call it a night.  I feel a migraine coming on and I’d like to take my meds before it gets worse.”

“Let me drive you home at least. I have had a wonderful time and hate to see it end.”

A wonderful time?  It had been a night filled with a never-ending stream of words from him, she barely got a word in.  She tried to come up with a reason not to have him drive her home but came up empty.  “Alright.”

They arrived at her home and she thanked him for the ride and hurried inside before he had a chance to say anything else.

 

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I Think I Know Him

She could only see his profile but there was something familiar about him.  She looked far too long at him and as if he sensed her staring, he turned to look at her.  She gasped in shock when she saw him head on.  It was a friend from her past.  One who had helped her through a very difficult time, when she separated from her husband and filed for divorce.

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A sudden look of recognition showed on his face and she knew he remembered her.  She had always wondered what had happened to him Now was her chance to reconnect with him.  They had once been so close she thought of him as a baby brother.

She started walking towards him trying to not show how excited she was to see him again… she didn’t want to scare him off.  She got close enough to extend a hand and he shook it.  “Long time no see Sara.”

“A long time indeed.  I have missed you.  What are you up to these days?”

He began to fill her in on his life and she felt so at home next to him.  She wondered if he would ever realize how much his friendship had helped her back then.  An open ear to talk to and a hand to hold onto for a little strength.

They sat at their table in the bar and talked for over an hour when he said he had to leave.

“Oh, Dave it has been so good to talk to you.  Please let’s not make it another 2 years before we talk again.  She stood up with him and gave him a long embrace.

He pulled out of the hug and told her, “Call me, we should do dinner sometime.”

“I would love that.”

She sighed as he walked out the door and she hoped it would not be the last she saw of him.

 

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Enough Love

It is a one in a million chance

A dream that rarely comes true

But somehow I found you

And we became friends

And then we were lovers

Inseparable it seemed

But time wore on

And we began to drift

But never to the point

Of not needing each other

For when I met you

I found a love inside me

I could never match again

To use a tired cliché

I found a soulmate

One whose heart will be

Forever tied to me

No matter who else we love

 

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Irreconcilable Difference

You tell me good-bye

And just walk away

No contact

No email

No messages

It’s like you never knew me

I don’t understand

How you can turn off

The friendship switch

Without another word

When I make a friend

I care forever

I guess that’s the difference

Between you and me

 

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April Fool

Our friendship is hanging on

Just by a thread

I think I should face the fact

You moved on

I have tried to stay connected

Any way I can

But our friendship is tenuous

At its best

I gave you the world and more

Because I cared

You took and took then disappeared

Unable to find

Too busy to be a friend to me

Any time I call

I guess you are only looking out

For number one

And I am the fool

Left behind

 

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Doors

Another door slammed in my face,

Soon there will be nowhere left to go.

No one to talk to when things are rough.

No one to help making me feel useful.

I must just push too much,

Trying to force my way in;

Into any kind of a relationship.

Somewhere I can belong again.

I just need one more opening,

One more chance to get it right.

Maybe I won’t lose again.

Maybe I can find a friend

Who will open up and stay,

No matter how much I care.

So, I keep walking the hall

Looking for an open door,

Looking for you.

 

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Give Me Your Reasons

The reason you did it

Often baffles me…

 

If you didn’t  want to

Speak to me

Why did you start the conversation?

If you didn’t want to

Help me out

Why did you offer your hand?

If you didn’t want to

Touch me

Why did you stand so close?

If you didn’t want to

Be my friend

Why were you so kind?

If you didn’t want to

Be loved

Why did you climb so deep into my heart?

If you didn’t want to

Hurt me

Why did you do everything but love me?

 

What was your reasoning;

Will you ever tell me why…

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – reason