Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Come Back


What if I stared, really stared, willed you
and you opened up your eyes and said:
Hey don’t you cry its okay its okay,
I’m not dead, I’m just sleeping.

What if I held onto you, held you tight
and begged you please to come back
and you breathed again, took hold of me,
gently loved me and kissed me, saying:
Hey, don’t worry; my heart is yours for the forever of keeping.

What if I said I’m sorry, I never ever meant to hurt you. 
What if I said my words were cruel idle threats
and that I would never ever leave you? 
Would you come back?

What if I said I can’t live without you,
would you doubt me?   Please don’t doubt me. 
You’re all I am or ever was and I need you, need you back. 
I can’t imagine living this life without you.

What if I stared, really stared
and you opened up your eyes and said:
Hey don’t you cry its okay its okay,
I’m not dead, I’m just sleeping.

Please please open your eyes,
please come back to me for
I can’t imagine my life without you...
Please please please just open your eyes.

Anna :o]

For Susan’s 'What If' prompt at Poets United – cheers for the inspiration Susan.

Image:  Courtesy of  Wikimedia Commons
Author:  Adam Jones

20 comments:

Jae Rose said...

A wonderfully emotive write

Susan said...

Wow! You speak for many, putting this into words. I remember burying my love after his massive heart attack 21 years ago. You could have been reading my mind, beside me witnessing. And besides that, it is a perfectly paced, perfectly placed poem of the heart.

rallentanda said...

A very moving powerful poem. It is unimaginable that anyone can survive the intolerable pain of the death of a beloved.But somehow people do.

annell said...

A beautiful write!

Vicki Rogers said...

Very sad. But, lovely also.

Sumana Roy said...

It's as if I was talking to my daughter. You've read my mind, Anna.

Anmol (HA) said...

Oh, this is hurting — every word, every plea is palpable in its desperation, its need and desire to be heard, to be heeded.
Is this pain beautiful? I don't know. You have put it down in these lines so tenderly, and that is all that matters. It tugs at the heart and opens old wounds.
-HA

willow_switches: Pat🍃 said...

the depths of love and despair, in loss; so crushingly evocative in this piece, the repetition reinforces the need, the longing, the undercurrent of pain .... the desperation ... and yet the heart will go on, even if fractured

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Anna, this is so moving. I really felt this poem and thought about the many ways we lose people: to death, to mental illness, to dementia, to them going away from our lives..........and our longing to have them back, just the way they were. Sigh. Beautifully done.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Heart-wrenchingly beautiful and moving poem, Anna! Loss is never easy to cope with ..

Frank J. Tassone said...

A Poem to answer Saint Paul's "O Death, where is thy sting?" So passionate, and so filled with heartfelt longing and pathos! Heartbreakingly beautiful!

Old Egg said...

This really is a wonderful poem of love and longing and would resonate with so many people who have lost their loved ones whether partners or children.

Gillena Cox said...

Profound!!! the emotions are so raw and unrelenting

Happy Wednesday Anna

much love...

Magaly Guerrero said...

This one digs into the bits of the heart that know just how good to love and be loved feels like. The pacing works so well. I can see/feel the anxiety brought on by the what ifs changing from words to heart-ripping sobs, to loss, to desperation...

Thotpurge said...

Oh my goodness.. you found words where there are none... a very emotive write Anna.

Kim Russell said...

This is such an emotional poem, Anna, that tears at the heartstrings.

Sara McNulty said...

I wonder how many people have these thoughts of what if. Filled with emotion, Anna. I like, “My heart is yours for the forever of keeping.”

Muhammad Israr said...

Wonderful as always :)

S.E.Ingraham said...

Such a poignant authentic poem. Well done.

Jenny Woolf said...

Amazing poem - as I have come to expect from you. It would make a wonderful and tragic song.