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A Chapter by Lyn Anderson

there are no guarantees in this life


Etched on me --

the feel of

your hands

your lips

your body

pressed up

against me --

but then again,

ever used

an etch a sketch?

it's as easy

as 1, 2, 3

to be



how many would it take to

forget you?

I don't know, but I am sure

I would have fun

finding out.


I put my heart down

in trust --

knowing I could

take it back

if I must.

don't mistake

my love for you

as a guarantee.

anything worth



regular maintenance.

even me.

© 2018 Lyn Anderson

Author's Note

Lyn Anderson

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KL, first I must say this: the only guarantee I know of is that the poetry you write will be wonderful, open, raw, and straight to the heart of things... perhaps this is true because you do "work at it", you look to find the words to poetically express yourself...

I think you are right to say, love has to be worked on, refined, sometimes even fought for to have any meaning, at least worthwhile meaning. I know some people say that when two people can sit and not speak it shows how =strong their love is... I take the opposite view, the saddest thing is seeing two people looking at everything but at each other, wordless and not sharing their thoughts and ideas about what they are seeing together. I know silence is sometimes good, but that silence can often drag out to the point where they have nothing but silence...

I would always want to have the open, honest conversations with the one I love, to work at what was so special between us... and to think it only took two marriages to figure this out... we men are often thick skulled and dull witted, fortunately we can change... so keep the frying pan ready to whack us upside the head a few times so we learn KL...

did I say that I liked your poem KL.. well I do..


Posted 4 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

4 Years Ago

Thank you hon. The words just flow. Whenever I work at it, it's not as good. As for love, it's a wor.. read more
Unfortunately, so true. Nothing will last forever without nurturing and love. Everything has an expiration date if it is left to wither. Good one, KL. Lydi**

Posted 4 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

4 Years Ago

Thank you. Yes, and luckily, this is just a little venting. Better, and more rewarding, than crying .. read more
Lydia Shutter

4 Years Ago

Less calories than a beer too! :)
an etch-a-sketch eh!? ...makes my little heart chuckle .. i like the eyes wide open honesty in your poem as well ... i guess it is a discussion couples rarely have but probably should ... as part of the maintenance ... ;)

Posted 4 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

4 Years Ago

Above all else, after living years with an emotionally abusive pathological liar, I have learned to .. read more
Einstein Noodle

4 Years Ago

it is risky, i agree; and well worth it ..if the partner can't handle speaking clearly and hearing c.. read more
Ha! Love the etch a sketch reference! It's easy as 1,2,3. If you don't take care of it, you will lose it.
I learned that lesson.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

4 Years Ago

Thanks a lot. I liked that one too. I promise to getting back to reading and reviewing.
Matching Socks

4 Years Ago

You're welcome. And no worries, I know you always come around.
regular maintenance...I love that...and the first one, yes, etch a sketch...easily drawn, easily erased, as if he or she had never been gone without a trace.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

4 Years Ago

Thanks. This particular train is on a bit of a roll at the moment. Have to see if it gets back on a .. read more
I love it, the title drew me in for some reason and them words made me hooked.
Well done!

Posted 4 Years Ago

Lyn Anderson

4 Years Ago

Thank you very much.

3 Years Ago

You're welcome

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Added on April 28, 2016
Last Updated on July 4, 2018
Tags: love, angst, heartache, sadness


Lyn Anderson
Lyn Anderson

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I write under a pseudonym. I don't do Read Requests, but you can PM me if you want me to read something specific. I make friends with people who I read and interact with. I won't accept random reque.. more..