In my youth

24 May

Art by Annick Bouvattier

A girl like you.

In my youth I would have fought other boys for the right to walk you home. Wearing the scars like a badge. Or I would have wandered backwards and forwards past your house , hoping to catch a glimpse of you at a window. Or long for you to see me, a shadowy figure beneath the street light, and think me romantic.

In my youth I would have carved presumptuous initials into innocent trees, into battered park benches, into tables, and desks, and the backs of chairs – not caring if I was caught. Or that you would disapprove if you knew.

In my youth I would have sought you out at dances, making a mess of my over rehearsed lines. I would have asked a friend to give you messages – which you would probably receive with a frown.

In my youth I would have made up a hundred heroic stories in my head where I come to your rescue. Saving you from the clutches of the mob, the grip of an assailant, the jaws of death. Or perhaps just finding your lost dog.

In my youth I would have written you tortured poems, toiled over for hours, scrawled on stolen paper, that would never leave the pocket of my faded denim jeans.

In my youth I would have wished for the internet, if I could have seen into the future.

Yet here I am. Connection at my fingertips. Posting pointless poetry.

That you will probably never read

A girl like you.



© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Written two years ago, and I am still posting pointless poetry.

Art by Annick Bouvattier


Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Poetry, Still Life


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18 responses to “In my youth

  1. Leslie Meeks

    May 24, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Your poetry is far from being pointless, says me and probably every other girl reading. Smiles. A wonderful post. One of my favorites to read. Thank you for posting again.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Trizia

    May 24, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Absolutely agree! Your poetry is anything but pointless In fact I was about to step out of my comfort zone and launch into an argument albeit with my computer screen but vociferous and heated non the less!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Nandita

    May 24, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    I love this!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. gracefulphrase

    May 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Nothing you write is pointless, You don’t give yourself enough credit, for the joy your writing brings to many, including myself.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Girl in Red Lipstick

    May 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm


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  6. Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister

    May 29, 2018 at 3:30 am

    This is heartbreaking and raw. Your soul is perfect.

    Liked by 1 person


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