Charlotte Ashlock

The Naysayers

December 21, 2011 My Poetry Writing 2

 

When you fall in love
There will always be naysayers.
Don’t listen to them.

When I met my first boyfriend,
We walked nine miles from dusk to dawn,
Lost in conversation.

My mother said, “He’s too young for you,
Too immature. How can you think of dating him?
You’re taking advantage.”

When I met my second boyfriend,
He sprang to open doors and lived to make me laugh,
his smile like a sunrise.

My brother said, “It’s so messed up,
The way he jumps to do whatever you say.
You just enjoy having power.”

When I met my third boyfriend,
He thawed out my frozen imagination,
Brought spring to my wintering soul.

My friend said, “He’s 24 years old,
And he still lives with his parents. You should force him
To show a little independence.”

I HEREBY MAKE THIS VOW

That when my daughter, my sibling, my friend, comes to me,
And says, “I’m in love.”
I won’t say anything
but
YAY.

 

2 Responses

  1. Mary Lupien says:

    Char – I second the emotion. But. As the parent of a daughter, I was thinking about this the other day. What will I say if she brings home a guy like her father? Should I warn her? Should I sit and wait for the eventual pain that will come? Do I only exist to catch her when she falls and not try and prevent it? I think it’s a little complicated, but then again I have become so jaded about “man”-kind. My parents didn’t try and stop me from my relationships but only expressed distaste after bad things started happening. Maybe it’s ok then? It still pissed the hell out of me 🙂

  2. Jay says:

    You should listen to the Naysayers
    Just to prove them wrong when things turn out all right.
    Listen to your heart first, then weigh with your mind.

    Loved the poem j

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