In my youth

11 Jun

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 some years ago, and I am still posting pointless poetry.

Art by Annick Bouvattier


Posted by on June 11, 2021 in Poetry, romance, Still Life


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10 responses to “In my youth


    June 11, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    haha well done, In my youthful years, I’ve don’t many of these things, some weren’t as silly as I thought, Some were the height of folly, but that was the time for trial and error. or is that now? haha Thanks for this entry.

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  2. Leslie Meeks

    June 11, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Never pointless.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. In mind and out

    June 12, 2021 at 4:38 am

    I hope she reads it

    Liked by 1 person

  4. thereluctantpoet

    June 12, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Belladonna

    June 15, 2021 at 3:54 am

    youth…. so ignorant but yet so brave

    Liked by 1 person


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