Live and Learn



I know it won't be easy repairing my poor heart.
I've gone about it knowing right from the very start.
I simply can't complete it now, and maybe never will.
It's got a part still missing only she could fill.

My first attempt at romance had caught me unprepared.
I didn't know how much she had to know I really cared.
Now she's gone, and I'm alone to live my life my way.
Sadly, everything I do has seen a better day.

Live and learn the prophets say.
Learn to love the only way.
If you do then you just may
live to love another day.

All along I always thought that she'd remain enchanted.
Finally, now, I realize I took her love for granted.
I wish that I could turn back time and change things one by one.
But I know the pain I caused could never be undone.

True love is a special gift that has to be returned.
That's a lesson that the lonely have seldom ever learned.
It really hurts to lose in love. There's no doubt about it.
So should you take a chance on love, or a chance on life without it?

About this poem

I'm sure that everyone, at one point in their life has felt the pang of a broken heart. Personally, my clumsiness reared its' ugly face the first time I muffed a chance at a relationship. The memory of that shines through in this poem, although it doesn't apply directly to me, it relates to how I felt.

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Written on July 15, 2023

Submitted by npirandy on July 15, 2023

1:09 min read
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Quick analysis:

Scheme AABB CCDD DDDD XXEE FFGG
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 1,001
Words 220
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Randy West

I'm 76 years old and a combat veteran from Vietnam. I used to compose poetry while on ambush patrol as a way of staying awake on watch, since falling asleep could be hazardous to my health. I started early in life though, because, as a child, I would write little tidbits to my mom for the heck of it. more…

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