Nobody's Girl

Nobody's Girl

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

The waves came crashing in from the sea

We were caught on a spit of land,

With no way back, not one I could see,

I reached and I held her hand.

‘I’ve never seen the breakers so high,’

She cried, in a fit of fear,

‘You must have known, it’s hard to deny,

So why did you bring me here?’


‘I brought you for a moment of truth,

A moment for you and I,

There’s only you, and me and the sea,

This spit of land and the sky.

We never manage to be alone,

There’s always somebody near,

And every time I open my mouth

There’s somebody else to hear.’


The spray was drenching her beautiful hair,

And running into her eyes,

Her make-up running most everywhere,

It gave her a look of surprise.

‘You might have picked a quieter spot,

We still could have been alone,

You never said what you wanted, or not.’

‘I needed you on your own.’


‘I needed to tell you that I’m in love,

Have been since the day we met,

But you’ve hung out with Derek, the drone,

I hoped that you’d leave him yet.’

‘He’s just a friend, I told you before,

He’s easy to be around,

You do go on! He isn’t my love,

You cover the same old ground.’


I took the ring from my sodden shirt

And held it for her to see,

‘I’d like you to take this diamond ring,

And say you belong to me.’

‘I only belong to myself,’ she said,

‘I’m nobody’s girl in the end,

But if I put on your diamond ring,

I may just give you a lend.’


The breakers crashed, like a waterspout,

And washed us both off the spit,

We laughed so much as we flailed about,

Trying to swim through it.

We headed in to the distant beach

Together, and that was the thing,

For when we got to the sandy breach

I saw she was wearing the ring.


David Lewis Paget



© 2017 David Lewis Paget



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What a twist to this story. I never imagined she'd be wearing the ring.

Posted 3 Months Ago


A well crafted ballad, if I've ever read one! There was a moment between stanzas 3 and 4 where at first read I couldn't figure out who was talking (probably from the closed quotations at the end of 3), and the ending doesn't quite do justice to the title, but you definitely know how to tell a compelling story in verse. Well done!!

Posted 4 Months Ago


"We laughed so much as we flailed about". ....those were the magic moments, David! If you can work thru all the drama you will find that a shared sense of humor brings it Home!! Would you agree.....Barbz

Posted 4 Months Ago


nothing like a happy ending ..your hero seems such a fine chap .. one to raise a glass with ... just the right touch of jealous and the right bit of fire behind her eyes ...its the swimming together that makes the happy ever after ... great story ..fine read ...enjoyed it more on the re-read :)
E.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Women are more unpredictable than a tornado at helm. The imagery created by your words are quite outstanding.

Posted 4 Months Ago



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Added on June 16, 2017
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Tags: breakers, spit, truth, waterspout

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David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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