requiem for a dream

 

How can you not distrust yourself when start liking a person? You spend your days and nights thinking about your disgusting traits, your imperfections, your darkest, dirtiest fantasies.

This week’s Monday Poem is by Richard Brautigan. I like its simplicity and honesty.

I don’t know what it is,
but I distrust myself
when I start to like a girl
a lot.

It makes me nervous.
I don’t say the right things
or perhaps I start
to examine,
evaluate,
compute
what I am saying.

If I say, “Do you think it’s going to rain?”
and she says, “I don’t know,”
I start thinking: Does she really like me?

In other words
I get a little creepy.

A friend of mine once said,
“It’s twenty times better to be friends
with someone
than it is to be in love with them.”

I think he’s right and besides,
it’s raining somewhere, programming flowers
and keeping snails happy.
That’s all taken care of.

BUT
if a girl likes me a lot
and stats getting real nervous
and suddenly begins asking me funny questions
and looks sad if I give the wrong answers
and she says things like,
“Do you think it’s going to rain?”
and I say, “It beats me,”
and she says, “Oh,”
and looks a little sad
at the clear blue California sky,
I think: Thank God, it’s you, baby, this time
instead of me.

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10 thoughts on “Monday Poems: It’s Raining In Love

  1. lovely selection, lady. i think we have talked about this many times. being in love sucks but it can’t be helped. sigh. sigh. sigh. it is really a serious wish of mine, that we be able to put our hearts inside zipper bags and throw them in an ice box somewhere for safe keeping. sadly, love is hardly idiot-proof.

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