Arrivederci!



Who are you to judge me now
When you’ve made mistakes too?
And yet you want to crucify me
In the public’s view

I’ve never claimed perfection
As others have before -
But there you stand, casting stones
Knocking down my door

I’m through with feeling guilty,
I don’t feel any shame -
I did just what I had to do
My life is not a game

So now you’re just somebody
That I once held so dear -
But if your world fell down on you
I would not shed a tear

Just go about your business,
Yes go, and leave me be -
Because in time I know that I’ll
Erase your memory

You do not hold the power
You seem to think you do -
Arrivederci, Adios, Goodbye
At last to you!

About this poem

This is about love gone bad. When one partner refuses to accept the end of a relationship, and trying to ruin the other partners reputation.

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Written on May 15, 1978

Submitted by lanhamleslie on November 19, 2022

Modified on March 30, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XABA XCXC BDAD BEAE XBXB XAXA
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 666
Words 143
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Leslie Kay Lanham

Mother, Grandmother, and happily retired. Part time poet and lyricist. Studied at Troy University. Currently resides in Pensacola, Florida. more…

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2 Comments
  • Symmetry58
    Wow! I'm hoping this is fictional and not a personal account. If it is the latter, then way to sort it out with top-notch poetry. There's no mincing of words to be misconstrued here that is for sure. Brilliant writing as always, Leslie. If you need someone to hold 'em so you can hit 'em...I got muscles. ;-) 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • inmymind8951
    I absolutely relate to everything feeling this poem portrayed. It was simple yet passionate, and easy to read. I loved it!
    LikeReply 11 year ago

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