John 9/16

John 9/16

A Poem by Zoe Richardson

The lingering sense of someone who should have said yes


John 9/16


It was one of those

Sun-drenched days

Summer wheeling into autumn

School days looming

In the Alabama haze

A not too pretty

But oh so bright girl

Stood before a boy

Her heart a gift

He did not want


I held out honesty

Innocence tucked in

And edged with a hint

Of sweet madness

A moment dressed in

The poignant lace of youth


You saw a threat

An infringement on your

Carefully guarded borders

Someone who saw too much

And told the world

What was inside you

I was a trip wire waiting

For a diamond ring


Only I was not asking for forever

I was asking for friendship

For front porch chats

And glasses of sweet tea

At the kitchen table

For holding hands

And homemade ice cream

Fourth of July barbecues

And firework kisses in the twilight


I wanted what all young girls

Wanted when they wished

On summer stars

And shared secrets with 

A new found friend

But in that wild and willful moment

I was not the author or finisher

Of your future


I was just a girl

Standing in front of a boy

Asking him to take a chance

On all that would never be


-Zoe Richardson

© 2021 Zoe Richardson

Author's Note

Zoe Richardson
So much love. So many lessons. No wonder I still find inspiration!

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This is a powerful & poignant account of this specific situation, done with a ton of popping detail. But I also read this as a statement on the ever-present tension that exists between women & men who are more than friends & less than lovers. It seems one or the other reads "commitment" in all the wrong ways, twisted ways, even. Your writing is top-notch! (((HUGS)))

Posted 9 Months Ago

Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

Exactly! We are speaking two different languages, and nobody seems to have a way to translate. I am .. read more
Hi Zoe, you bring back so many memories in my mind, memories that I don't mind remembering. I was the one who turned and walked away. I didn't trust in my own love. The biggest mistake I ever made. I was younger then. I love this flowing piece of wonderful poetry. You do know how to play the readers heartstrings. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Hugs always....Mike.

Posted 9 Months Ago

Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

It's funny, isn't it, how young men don't know what to do when a girl offers them something they don.. read more
shadrach hah

9 Months Ago

Maybe I should have done things differently and seen how things might have gone. It is always funny .. read more
Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

There's as much of a chance it would have gone wrong as right. We always want to blame ourselves whe.. read more
Once upon a time ... 1970 to be exact ... I was that boy who stood next to that girl when she spoke of love.
That thought was dashed when I ... rather surprised that anyone could love me at the time ... blurted out
"are you kidding me?"

Game ... set ... and match.

Good poets bring back memories.
You are that poet Zoe. Thank you.

Posted 9 Months Ago

Zoe Richardson

9 Months Ago

Oh my! That poor girl. And poor you. We learn so much from what never was, don't we? Almost as much .. read more

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Added on November 15, 2021
Last Updated on November 15, 2021
Tags: Poetry, Thoughts, Feelings, Love, Memories, Autumn, Lost Love


Zoe Richardson
Zoe Richardson

Cordova, AL

Alabama native. Poet and storyteller and all around word nerd. I practice random acts of insanity because the world needs some shaking up. more..


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