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Way Down Inside


I’ve enjoyed writing for many years. I'm dedicating more time to the craft in my retirement days.

You don’t have to go

I live here all alone

In fact if you’d like

I’ll sleep on my couch

Make you coffee when you wake

Don’t say that word, “mistake”

Something will break

Way down inside

If you do

You don’t have to go

I love the company

It’s been quite a while

Since I entertained

Someone over as a guest

Don’t get up, you can rest

I’m a mess

Way down inside

Not like you

I really have to go

Though you live here all alone

There’s nothing I’d like

More than just to stay

Have some coffee that you make

See your face when I first awake

But something’s bound to break

Way down inside

If I do

I really have to go

I can’t be your company

It’s been a long time

Since I was entertained

Stayed over as a guest

Must get up, I can’t rest

I’m a mess

Way down inside

Can’t you see?

There’s a knot in my gut
Made from strings to my heart
And you’re pulling at it
And them
It’s becoming the inevitable start
Of the beginning
Of the end
‘Cause it will end
It always does
Let’s be friends
And then we aren’t

You don’t have to go
I can’t stay here all alone

I really have to go
I’ll be better off alone

I need the company

I’d be terrible company

These cups were my mom’s

I have my mom’s, too
And her china

I have creamer

Just black, please

And black for me, too

I can’t sleep
Haven’t for days
It's something
Way down inside

I should go

Please stay

I can't





© 2020 greg cain


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 10, 2020:

You bring out the real truth. We long for companionship and it doesn't hurt to beg for it. " I need the company" even if "I’d be terrible company."

Abby Slutsky from America on November 09, 2020:

Yes, the end made me smile. At least, you were open to either channel.

Hertha David from Windhoek, Namibia on November 09, 2020:

It's a very funny poem. I really like it maybe he or she should just stay their partner sounds miserable.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 09, 2020:

I like the conflicted emotions.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 09, 2020:

Yes indeedy, my friend! Tug of war was one of my favorite games as a kid. That and Rover Come Over or some such name. Anyway, I love the tug of war in this. It could be symbolic of so many things we face in daily life. Well done!

Liz Westwood from UK on November 08, 2020:

There's a great balance/tug of war rhythm to this poem, which mirrors the inner conflicts within the characters.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on November 08, 2020:

This poem made me feel sad. Lots of inner turmoil happening to both people in different ways. Nicely written.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 08, 2020:

Well I really liked it. Many different feelings. This style is interesting to say the least. It reminds me of all the love yet the not so sweet sorrow of parting.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 08, 2020:

Well done Greg. The conversation was excellent, and you could feel the emotion of both parties, one pleading the other to stay and the other looking for reasons they should go. I enjoyed the read.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 08, 2020:

Box, Led Zeppelin began running thru my head when I read your title.

This conversation between a lonely soul and one who feels unworthy is haunting. Way down inside.

I'm glad the two are willing to give themselves a chance at enjoying each other's company. Perhaps that's what they need, way down inside.

CNN or Fox? May I suggest Spanky and Our Gang? Or The Jetsons? Anything but the news. What they witness there will surely hurt them way down inside.

This is a different tone for you and you pulled it off brilliantly (as usual). This proves what a talented writer you are. Way down inside!

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