The prompt hung there in my mind. Confusing. Unclear.
And a for a few hours, I had no words.
But when the first idea burst through in my brain, it was like the floodgates opened and I couldn’t stop writing.
Just writing this was incredibly helpful to me. I hope maybe, as you read these five small poems, you will feel seen.
Prompt: The Words You Always Wanted to Say to Him/Her But Never Did
I never wanted you
To be my friend.
I wanted you to be his.
Because I care more about him
Than I care about Myself
Maybe I'm wrong,
But I think the same temptations hold us close
I see things in you
Pressing, begging, rearing to come out in me
And I'm running hard
I pray maybe you will start running soon too
Or that maybe,
I am just wrong about you
It's okay to not be perfect
It's okay to not have it all figured out
I like you better that way, anyways
Let's be broken together
I'll hold your pieces
You hold mine
If I get cut, it's okay.
Because we'll be together.
I cared what you thought
So when you chose them
I suddenly felt caught
In my childish naivety
Why would I have ever thought
You'd choose me?
That day life taught
Me a lesson
I'd spend the rest of it unlearning
You can't see it, girl
But you're so very loved.
And there's not one single person
You will meet in this whole, beautiful life
Who will be enough to love you
As much as you already are.
If you feel inspired, try out this prompt too. You don’t have to consider yourself a writer to write. And I’d love to read what you come up with. Or keep it private.
This was a sad and beautiful and helpful exercise for me to do and maybe it will be the same for you.