Took My Breath Away
Author: Shiloh


When you saw me the other day, and you said hello,
and you asked me how I was doing,
I wanted to tell you too much,
but I just said I was doing fine, and I left it at that.
There was just no way that I was going to say anything else.
I wanted to tell you how seeing you after all these years
nearly took my breath away,
and made my heartbeat speed up,
made me a little nervous,
and brought back so damn many memories
that it actually hurt just to stand there,
talking with you again.
We passed small talk back and forth for a bit,
then you smiled, said it was nice seeing me,
and that maybe you would see me around sometime.
Then you walked away.
And it all came flooding back!
And as I watched you walking down the sidewalk
it was all that I could do to just stand there,
controlling myself, making myself stand there,
watching a precious thing move further and further away,
because I knew that there was nothing else that I could do...
there was nothing else at all...
but silently wish you well,
and ponder, for a moment,
all the thoughts that I had to fight down.
You never forget some things,
no matter how you try.


Comments on this poem/writing:

Clive ( -- Thursday, May 22 2008, 09:05 pm


These words you put down for us to read,
Brought back those memories of another day,
I too was touched in a similar way.
Congratulations on the words you say
Bipedalguy ( -- Friday, May 23 2008, 04:12 pm


That does a great job of expressing a feeling that I'm all too familiar with. What can you do in that situation? It's been a long time for me, but such moments are never forgotten. I remember their names: Janice, Joy, Carol, Sue, Charlotte, Lesley, Leanne, Sheila, Natalia, Anastasia, Dasha, Dianne, Holly, Holly, Molly and Marie.
This seems to be the true nature of the human condition.
Well done.
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