We almost loved (that's always how love goes)

We almost loved (that's always how love goes)

A Poem by Michael R. Burch

Almost
by Michael R. Burch


We hadalmostan affair.

You almost ran your fingers through my hair.
I almost kissed the almonds of your toes.
We almost loved, that’s always how love goes.

You almost contemplated using Nair
and adding henna highlights to your hair,
while I considered plucking you a Rose.
We almost loved, that’s always how love goes.

I almost found the words to say, “I care.”
We almost kissed, and yet you didn’t dare.
I heard coarse stubble grate against your hose.
We almost loved, that’s always how love goes.

You almost called me suave and debonair
(perhaps because my chest is pale and bare?).
I almost bought you edible underclothes.
We almost loved, that’s always how love goes.

I almost asked you where you kept your lair
and if by chance I might seduce you there.
You almost tweezed the redwoods from my nose.
We almost loved, that’s always how love goes.

We almost danced like Rogers and Astaire
on gliding feet; we almost waltzed on air ...
until I mashed your plain, unpolished toes.
We almost loved, that’s always how love goes.

I almost was strange Sonny to your Cher.
We almost sat in love’s electric chair
to be enlightninged, till our hearts unfroze.
We almost loved, that’s always how love goes.

Keywords/Tags: Almost, love, relationship, relationships, hesitation, procrastination, hesitancy, vacillation, near, near miss, nearly, close call, miss you, missing you, missing




Survivors
by Michael R. Burch

for the victims and survivors of 9/11 and their families

In truth, we do not feel the horror
of the survivors,
but what passes for horror:

a shiver of “empathy.”

We too are “survivors,”
if to survive is to snap back
from the sight of death

like a turtle retracting its neck.

Published by The HyperTexts, Gostinaya (Russia), Ulita (Russia), Promosaik (Germany), The Night Genre Project and Muddy Chevy; also turned into a YouTube video by Lillian Y. Wong. Keywords: survivors, victims, families, 911, 9/11, terrorist, attack, terrorism, empathy, sympathy, society, truth, horror, death, survive, survival



Tea Party Madness
by Michael R. Burch

for Connor Kelly

Since we agree,
let’s have a nice tea
with our bats in the belfry.



Murder Most Fowl!
by Michael R. Burch

“Murder most foul!”
cried the mouse to the owl.

“Friend, I’m no sinner;
you’re merely my dinner.

As you fall on my sword,
take it up with the LORD!”

the wise owl replied
as the tasty snack died.



Well, Almost
by Michael R. Burch

All Christians say “Never again!”
to the inhumanity of men
(except when the object of phlegm
is a Palestinian).

Keywords/Tags: epitaph, death, funeral, grave, loss, tragedy, Palestine, Palestinian, Gaza, Nakba

© 2022 Michael R. Burch


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I followed in the footsteps of Lisa and found Almost which I thoroughly enjoyed. I pondered on that word for quite a while, and can see it and its importance with a fresh understanding, reflecting on some of my own almosts.Then I found other poems and stayed longer and wondered why I haven't seen more of your work on WC in the four years I have been here. Pleased to have stopped by.

Chris



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Michael R. Burch

5 Days Ago

Chris, thanks for taking the time to read "Almost" and comment. I suspect most of us have "almosts" .. read more



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I followed in the footsteps of Lisa and found Almost which I thoroughly enjoyed. I pondered on that word for quite a while, and can see it and its importance with a fresh understanding, reflecting on some of my own almosts.Then I found other poems and stayed longer and wondered why I haven't seen more of your work on WC in the four years I have been here. Pleased to have stopped by.

Chris



Posted 5 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Michael R. Burch

5 Days Ago

Chris, thanks for taking the time to read "Almost" and comment. I suspect most of us have "almosts" .. read more
Good morning Michael,
Almost...such a strong word..and a great one to use in your poem...clever..really clever.
After reading your poem I saw that you had also added many other bits of poetry..so, of course I read those as well. Loved Murder Most Fowl... reminded me of a poem my mother taught me as a child.."A hole in the wall and p***y past by"....do you know that one?
Anyway, back to your main poem...Just reread it again...so many lines I love...The back and forth of thoughts..The Ring and Yang...
I see you posted this in January and have 65 views, but no reviews..and, I do wonder why..
I always wonder why people do not take the time to review..
Lisa, now in Spain

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Michael R. Burch

5 Days Ago

Lisa, thanks for your review. I don't know the poem you mentioned but I'll look it up. I'm not sure .. read more

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Added on January 6, 2022
Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Tags: Almost, love, relationship, relationships, hesitation, procrastination, hesitancy, vacillation, near, near miss, nearly, close call, miss you, missing you, missing