In my youth

28 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 four years ago, and I am still posting pointless poetry.

Art by Annick Bouvattier


Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Poetry, Still Life


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18 responses to “In my youth

  1. SCM

    May 28, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    I can’t imagine a girl who wouldn’t fall for such declaration… Lovely written


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  2. craveyourwords

    May 28, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    It’s not pointless poetry. It means something to you, and it touches the heart of so many.

    I hope these words did find your girl. But please know, they found me and I would have loved someone to write words like that for me.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dale

    May 28, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    And they say women are the romantic dreamers… romance is not dead and I can’t imagine a girl not loving such wonderful attention.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. dianedeexclana

    May 28, 2020 at 5:24 pm


    Liked by 1 person

  5. sarabethpollock

    May 28, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    What a beautiful post, and how fortunate we are that you shared it with us. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Romina

    May 29, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Never pointless xx

    Liked by 1 person

  7. redklwr2006 Kym

    May 30, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Words that evoke smiles, thoughts, sighs or desire are gifts. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. YouLittleCharmer

    June 13, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Brilliant in so many ways 🖤🖤

    Liked by 1 person


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