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Rated: 13+ · Poetry · Contest Entry · #2228104
A poem written for the Poetic Traditions Contest, July 2020.
"I Love You"

"I love you," he said softly,

passing me a single bloom;

reluctantly I took it

with a glimmer of the doom.

Those words that he had spoken,

that had passed between his lips,

were so far from being true

his eyes from mine, they slip.

I stare into his empty face,

the truth it slowly grows

as I hold it in my fingers

that one solitary rose.

"You don't." My voice is hollow

as I confront him with the lie.

Does he think that I am broken

that I'll now decide to die.

Instead that rose begins to burn

beneath my angry gaze,

soon every single petal

has been caught up in the blaze.

Soon the bloom has disappeared

and ash lies at my feet

I'd seen through all the falsity

and all of the deceit.

I tossed the stem upon the ground

then turned and walked away,

not taken in by honeyed lies

when fate came out to play.

(28 lines)

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