What’s his name again?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Vintage Publishing

A piece from my book Noir...

A friend of mine came by to say,

That she had seen you the other day.

I heard her speak as my heart bled,

“What was his name again you said?”

If I only I could just erase,

The tender image of your face.

I, too, wish I could forget your name,

This heart that you returned isn’t the same.

This one is broken; it’s not mine,

Just take it back, I swear, it’s fine.

I’ll live somehow; some other way,

An empty shell I am today.

I’m through with you and your abuse,

You were one time the perfect muse.

You have ignored the things that mattered,

I can’t rebuild the heart you shattered.

This throbbing pain; you are to blame,

Someday— I will forget your name.

Submitted: November 07, 2017

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Adam L.

His name is not Adam, I promise lol! Nicely done, Lisbeth.

Tue, November 7th, 2017 2:12pm


Ha! His name isn't Adam, no.... Thank you very much, dear friend :)

Tue, November 7th, 2017 6:15am


The rhyming in this poem is great! A sad poem anyway.

Tue, November 7th, 2017 3:01pm


Thank you, John. Thankfully, it's Fiction :) I was inspired by a friend of mine. I was the friend who asked what was the name of the guy she was dating because I had ran into him at the mall. Little did I know she was still hung up on him. Anyway, thank you :)

Tue, November 7th, 2017 7:08am

Sue Harris

A broken heart cannot be seen, but is physically and mentally disabling. As always, this is beautifully written, so emotional and poignant. Well done JB, another compelling read.

Tue, November 7th, 2017 5:08pm


Thank you so much, Sue, you are very kind :)

Tue, November 7th, 2017 9:34am


An emotional read, jaylisbeth. So well-written!

Tue, November 7th, 2017 6:09pm


Thank you very much, Hully :) (between you and me; I wasn't too fond of this piece. I wrote it yesterday afternoon and I read and re-read and I just wasn't convinced).

Tue, November 7th, 2017 10:13am


true poetry. i wish i wrote so well spoken.

Tue, November 7th, 2017 6:47pm


Thank you very much, That means a lot to me.

Tue, November 7th, 2017 11:11am

Mike S.

Yep, it's the hammer that keeps on nailing--excellent, J.B!

Tue, November 7th, 2017 6:48pm


Thank you, Mike :)

Tue, November 7th, 2017 11:11am

moa rider

Kia kaha Jay, poetry in a good way to face adversity. Usianguke

Tue, November 7th, 2017 7:28pm


Why thank you, Ms. Moa :)

Tue, November 7th, 2017 11:28am

Melancholic Wisdom

Lovely read, the way you express your emotions gets better and better the more that I read from you. The flow and rhyming were great, I really enjoy how smooth of a read it was. Great work!

Tue, November 7th, 2017 10:23pm


Thank you, MW. Wow, I am honored, really!

Tue, November 7th, 2017 2:38pm


I'm guessing that this one is fiction because we want to read a poem where you do not get hurt. The spellbinding thing about your sad poems is that whether they are from real life experiences or just fiction, you get the same powerful emotion from either and that is a strength for a poet. I prefer when there is pain in poetry because there is always a motive why, so it allows you to write deep. Once you get through the pain here, the message is quite moving because it is about forgetting this person's name. Your rhyming is beautiful, and this is quite a powerful moving piece. You write emotions beautifully Lisbeth, and you are one of my favourite poets :)

Wed, November 8th, 2017 2:15am


I am happy to announce that this one is in fact fiction (thankfully) and thank you, I am humbly honored :)

Tue, November 7th, 2017 9:42pm

Amy F. Turner

This reads like a song and deserves music. It is beautiful even in the perfect agony it expresses. I love the line about the heart being returned but isn't yours it should be taken back! Perfection! :)

Wed, November 8th, 2017 2:41am


Thank you so much, Amy :)

Tue, November 7th, 2017 9:39pm

Jeff Bezaire

It's a difficult thing to forget the person who caused you pain, because that pain is tied to love, whether it was real or imagined, and people have a difficult time walking away from love. But once you find real love, it's easier to assuage the pain in your heart and know that what you had with your abuser was not love.
I don't think anyone truly forgets an ex who could cause such pain, but their significance and the power of those memories can fade until it's just a bad memory, like a crappy movie that you never have to experience again. It's best not to forget in order to make sure you don't fall for someone like that again, but their memory doesn't have to tear at your heart forever.

Wed, November 8th, 2017 5:10am


Thank you very much, Jeff. I couldn't agree more with you.

Tue, November 7th, 2017 9:38pm

Rehmat Tanzila

Such a hit! Great poem :)

Wed, November 8th, 2017 5:57am


Thank you, my dear :)

Wed, November 8th, 2017 5:03am

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