Not a worthy excuse

01 Feb


It would make you angry

my not writing

just because

you are gone.


You were the one

who so often

encouraged me

inspired me

pushed me

roused me

applauded me.


You who were the one

who always

expected more

who insisted

‘you are a better writer

than you believe’.


Even on different paths

in recent years

your first question

‘what are you writing?’

your firmest advice

‘write about everything’.


It would make you angry

my not writing

just because

you are gone.


You would not see

my sorrow

at your passing

as a worthy excuse.



© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Anne Magill




Posted by on February 1, 2018 in Poetry, Still Life


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16 responses to “Not a worthy excuse

  1. Array

    February 1, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    She would not. Let your love and her encouragement help you carry on the beautiful work. 💋

    Liked by 1 person

    • Romantic Dominant

      February 1, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Smiles. Thank you. (Although she was actually a he).

      Liked by 2 people

      • missameliaandsir

        February 1, 2018 at 6:25 pm

        Sorry. I guess I’m just use to the female being your inspiration and desire. The facts, no matter the gender, still remain true. If he encouraged you to write, I am extremely grateful he was in your life.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. April

    February 1, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I love this, and I can relate as loss and grieving has also stolen my voice, my pen, my narratives. This feels raw and real. I love when you go this direction inward. It feels vulnerable and oh so human.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Romantic Dominant

      February 1, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      I hope I am human. But I know what you mean. Thank you. And I will write because I know it is no excuse. Smiles.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. House of Heart

    February 1, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Please no excuses Mr D. You are a brilliant poet, writer, and a fine gentlemen.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. gracefulphrase

    February 1, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I’m sorry for your grief, pehaps your writing will trigger some happy memory or comfort. I’m just surmising, either way, I wish you well.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. thelonelyauthorblog

    February 1, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    A wonderful piece of writing

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Nandita

    February 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    This is a fine piece of writing, with a wealth of emotions.

    Liked by 1 person


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