poetry 101 rehab: talk


It’s cheap

She promised so much

The house, travel, adventure

Ambition was at the core

Long hours spent talking

Do this, do that

Go here, go there

Why are you such an arsehole?

Talk, intellectualising

Its what you did so well.

Pillow talk, gossip

Abuse the verbal kind

Became an art form

You practiced daily

Until your hold weakened

When words failed you.

I turned my back

Listened no more.

Now I talk of hope, future

A love never imagined.

Talk is no longer cheap

But valued, trusted, loved.

Written for: http://andytownend.com/2015/10/26/poetry-101-rehab-talk/

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20 Responses to poetry 101 rehab: talk

  1. I am struck how your talk reminds me of a Franz von Stuck painting: Sin. Talk can be beguiling or beguised.
    “Well done,” she smiled, “I like stories with happy endings.”

  2. mandy says:

    The proof is in the pudding isn’t it? Too bad that sometimes has to be discovered the hard way. The end of the story certainly looks promising ☺️

  3. J Lapis says:

    Painful…with a miraculously good ending; I’m happy for you!

  4. Cheryl-Lynn says:

    This is a beautiful poem, Michael, that blossomed despite the difficult start:) It inspired me to have a go too. I love one word prompts!

  5. clothespeggedpat says:

    Just so well done and written Michael – and yes, hope and promise after the storm – the silver lining – certainly a more comforting place and mind space 🙂

  6. andy townend says:

    A good tale about talking well told!

  7. julespaige says:

    With partners and family – yes,
    ‘Talk is no longer cheap
    But valued, trusted, loved.’
    I liked this prompt too.
    I did a bit of a mash up though:


  8. Susan Langer says:

    Such a painful beginning with a good ending. I wonder if he appreciated the new relationship more because he had had a bad experience? Good poem. 🙂

  9. Well she certainly got her comeuppance! 😊

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