Never

Doug Haberman 1959 (Albuquerque, NM)

July 22 


I never loved how snow
Makes the landscape more pristine
Or how flowers burst in colors
Amid a meadow’s green
I never loved to see
Lightning split the sky in two
And I never, never, never
Loved you

I never loved a quiet dinner
Wine and candlelight
Or holding hands on an empty beach
On a dreamy, moonlit night
I never loved a close-held dance
To set the perfect mood
And I never, never, never
Loved you

We fool ourselves so easily
We fool ourselves, and how
Was I doing it for all those years?
Am I doing it right now?
The need is deep to wash away
The presence of the past
When it turns out nothing’s what it seems
When it turns out nothing lasts

I never loved the intimacy
Of arms around my waist
Or imagining the look the world
Must see upon my face
I never loved the way love feels
When there’s no doubt it’s true
And I never, never, never
Loved you

About this poem

The speaker of this poem has lost a longtime love and now questions if it was ever real.

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Written on July 25, 2022

Submitted by DougHaberman on July 25, 2022

Modified on April 26, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xaxabcDC dexexxDC bfxfxxxx bxxxxcDC
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 864
Words 173
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 8, 8, 8, 8

Doug Haberman

Retired high school humanities teacher who loves to write song lyrics. Now trying my hand at poetry writing. more…

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  • rnadc
    So good. Reminds me of "I'm Not In Love" 10 CC. I really enjoyed your poem
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • RhymingVibes
    Poems like this one don’t only ignite your sensitivities, but also into inspire you write effectively and with intensity
    LikeReply1 year ago

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