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Poem: "Splinters"

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

Poem Summary

Splinters is a poem about her love fading away as she listens to him speak. He cannot understand why she is upset. He hopes she will forget the moment as he remains quiet. But as she observes his actions she realizes he lives in his past. He feels no desire to move forward to his future.

"Kenny Chesney - I Lost It"

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"Splinters"

The sparkles dancing in her eyes

fade off into the distance,

as his words reduce their love

to tiny specks of romance.


Bewildered by her demeanor

he retreats in silence

with no words of passion,

hoping she will soon forget.


As she watches him hide in fear

in the dark crevices of his past,

unwilling to mend the splintered pieces.

"Olivia Rodrigo - All I Want"

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 20, 2020:

Lorna,

Thank you.

I do need to think about myself too.

I appreciate your kind concern.

Lorna Lamon on October 20, 2020:

Thank you for the share Brenda and I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. I am sure you are exhausted at the moment, make sure you take care of yourself as well. Thinking of you both. Lorna.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 19, 2020:

Lorna,

I just read your poem Fellowship of Forgotten Books.

I loved it!

I just shared this on Poets With A Voice here.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=188241...

I have not posted work here for awhile, but hopefully I can get back to it.

Your poem seemed like the perfect place to begin.

Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 19, 2020:

Lorna,

I like your point if optimism.

Life does have a way of making one wary.

Have a wonderful day & stay safe.

I so enjoy reading your comments.

Lorna Lamon on October 19, 2020:

Perhaps he is afraid of commitment or maybe his past experiences have made him wary. There are many layers to this poem Brenda and if she is patient she might be able to get through to his heart (if he has one!!). Loved it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Ivana,

Thank you for your kind words.

Have a wonderful day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Shauna,

Yes one must look inside himself..he must love himself first.

I always carry God with me wherever I am...even driving.

Thank you for your friendship across this media...it really helps.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Peggy,

You are right. There is always a chance love becomes deeper & more evolving.

Thanks & have a pleasant day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Miekbakagh,

This is a level of love that women do not appreciate.

She might not give them the chance for anything to engulf.

Take care & have a nice day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Diana,

Thank you for reading.

Sometimes they are just afraid of love but some are just pure players.

Have a great day!

Ivana Divac from Serbia on October 18, 2020:

Superb poetry, like always.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 18, 2020:

This is a very deep poem, Brenda. It's hard to be partners with someone who doesn't realize the past is holding them—and him— back. From time to time we need to go inside ourselves and ask 'what is the common factor in continued failure?' More times than not, the answer is the person we see in the mirror. Gotta fix it before life can move on and be shared.

You've been very contemplative this weekend. That's a step in the right direction.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2020:

The fading of romance and love does not have to happen if it is nourished and cherished. Love is not a constant. It can change but also become broader and deeper.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on October 18, 2020:

That is the level of love at odd times. It may later engulf into a glowing lovely fire! Well written. Thanks.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on October 18, 2020:

Very well written, Brenda. Someone

that does not have much feeling or heart felt love, pretends and just goes through the motions and leaves shipwrecked hearts, along the road of selfishness.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Liz,

I will try to catch your work when it us just written so I can comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Liz,

Thank you so much!

Enjoy your day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2020:

Bill,

I like the way you describe that...

We must water and cultivate our relationships lest they grow weeds and are choked out and stunted.

Learning from you everyday.

Thank you for your kindness.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 18, 2020:

You make good use of the words to convey a poem rich with emotion.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 18, 2020:

So much is said in so few words. Very well done, Brenda. I'm afraid this describes a great many marriages/relationships. We must water and cultivate our relationships lest they grow weeds and are choked out and stunted.