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Poem: What's It Gonna Take?

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Poem Summary

What's It Gonna Take is a poem about what it's gonna take to prove his love. Why can't she see the sparkle shining? Why does she drift out to sea when he's standing on the shore? Doesn't she realize he would give her the stars to make her happy? Why must she be like the Tinman, without a heart?

"Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love"

Word Prompt, "Proof"

I decided to try another one on the word prompt, "Proof."

It is about how he tries to prove his love, but she is like the Tinman without a heart.

Sometimes it is hard to convince someone you really love them.

This isn't one of my best, but I wanted to toss out another approach.

It is different from the 100 proof one I wrote earlier.

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What's It Gonna Take?

What’s it gonna take

to prove my love for you?


A heartache, a river full of tears

or just a penny for my thoughts.


Why can’t you see the sparkle shine like I do?

Why must you wade too far out in the deep currents

when I’m on shore waiting to take your hand?


Can’t you feel the heat

melting those chains away?

Can’t you hear my sweet words

cutting those bars of steel?


Don’t you realize I’d give you the stars

twinkling in the night sky

just to make you smile?


Why must you be stone cold, like the Tinman

suffering each day

without a heart,

when I’m right in front of you

proving my love every day?

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"Miranda Lambert - Tinman"

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© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 08, 2021:

Response for proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 06, 2021:

Another response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 04, 2021:

My response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 01, 2021:

Response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 01, 2021:

Response on proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:

Response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:

Response to proof

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Chitrangada,

Thank you.

I believe yiu have a point there.

The eyes usually tell quite a story.

Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 29, 2021:

Beautiful poem!

I believe that if there is love between two people, it can be seen in the eyes, felt even without any word! No need of any proof!

Thank you for sharing another wonderful poem!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Alyssa,

Thank you.

I'm glad you thought it was beautiful...even though it is a bit sad.

Sometimes people can't see what's right in front of them...or they can and choose a different direction.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Amara,

Thank you.

Have a great week.

Alyssa from Ohio on April 29, 2021:

I love this take on proof! I thought your poem was beautifully sad and I enjoyed every line!

Amara from Pakistan on April 29, 2021:

Beautiful poetry Brenda,

full of emotions..

God bless you always..

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Vidya,

Thank you for the compliment.

Yes, a love not returned is very difficult.

It is a struggle many face.

One can say the word "love" but his actions often speak a different tune.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Peggy,

Thank you.

Good advice. One should move on if love is not returned, but that's not as easy as just closing a door.

But when one stays it begins to act like poison flowing through his veins...eating away at his core.

Take care & have a wonderful week.

I'm waiting for the sun to dry up the rain to venture outside...it's been raining overnight and this morning.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Urwa,

Thank you.

Love is full of complex emotions.

There are people who don't know how to show love or are afraid to embrace it.

Love can be the simplest pleasure...I like that.

Take care.

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 29, 2021:

Beautiful poetry Brenda, poignant with the emotion of unrequited love. A love which has be proved is really a difficult one indeed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Pamela,

Thank you.

I think that is the hardest.

It is heartbreaking when love is not returned...or kept dangling by a string.

It's been raining here most of the night & morning. So it doesn't look like I'll get to walk today.

Take care and enjoy your day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Lorna,

It think it is true that when one has to try so hard...the love is one-sided.

Deep down the person knows it, but keeps hoping he is mistaken.

Take care and have a great week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 29, 2021:

Misbah,

Thank you for those kind words.

One shouldn't have to prove his love, it should be evident in everything he does naturally.

Take care and have a great week.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2021:

If love is not returned, it is probably best to move on and find someone who will return the love. Sometimes it is just not meant to be.

Iqra from East County on April 29, 2021:

Excellent as always dear Brenda, Love encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states, from the most sublime virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection, to the simplest pleasure.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 29, 2021:

This is another good poem on the prompt -proof. There are times when love is not returned, and I guess some things are not meant to be after all.

I like the poem as I feel the frustration you portrayed when love is not returned.

Lorna Lamon on April 29, 2021:

A poignant poem sensitively written Brenda. I think I would walk away from this situation. If you have to prove your love to such an extent, maybe deep down you already know they don't love you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 29, 2021:

This is a beautiful take on the word "proof", Brenda

Love never demands proof. If they do they are not in love with you. The most hurtful situation in a relationship is when you have to prove your love for them. Well written my friend

Blessings and Love

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