I wanted to share some of the results with a poem I've been working on for my final project, another "fictionalized" piece (meaning the characters in the poem are just that, fictional characters) that goes along with a novel I'm writing now. It's been roughly 5-6 weeks in the making so far, but hopefully I'm getting somewhere.
More Than Words
Kate I. Foley
You speak of second chances,
redemption and resurrection,
I’m not on my second chance,
but my third, my fourth.
Dealt a bad hand, over and
I’ll flash a smile,
bluff my way past your
hold these cards close to my chest to protect
you from myself.
I don’t know what you want from me,
But I want you.
You, you, you.
From waves of golden hair fine enough to have been
spun from straw in a fairytale.
From eyes that pierce my soul and make me
feel more human.
From a laugh that is music itself,
my favorite song to
sing myself to sleep.
I don’t deserve you.
And yet you’ve borrowed my voice,
transformed it into a piece of artwork
I no longer recognize.
You’ve turned yourself into a mirror,
desperate and delusional,
don’t you see how I see you?
The words lodge
in my throat,
They are nothing without
a voice to string them through the air,
dangle them where you can
see. I am broken.
Don’t you know what I’ve done?
To you, there’s still hoping.
You think you’ll be the one to
fix this. We can fix this.
Three syllables are so heavy.
I can’t take any more weight on these
aching shoulders. Let me tell you without
words. Let me brush the back of your hand with
my fingertips. Let me tell you with
a smile. Let me drive while you sleep
passenger side. Let me hold you close when
Just for a moment.
Only for a moment.
Long enough to tell myself that
maybe, I could
deserve you one day.
Long enough to convince myself that
one day I will be able to carry those words,and it will be beautiful.
What did you think? If you have any suggestions for me, I'd love to hear them in the comments! Poetry is still definitely my weak point when it comes to writing, so I welcome whatever constructive criticism you have. :)