As most of you know I’m a visual artist and I don't usually write poetry. This is the second one (if you can call it a poem) that I've attempted.
But I have just noticed this wonderful thread and it has inspired me to contribute the following. I did it in probably fifteen minutes. I hope it’s OK.
or (Further Down The Road)
I loved him completely, unconditionally
he was like no other I ever had
it just felt so right
that he came into my life
I first saw him one damp day
from the bus window
caught my eye – so handsome
so different from the rest
stood out from the crowd
my heart skipped a beat
I knew I had to have him
We were so happy
went everywhere together
he took me places
I could never have gone by myself
but in every relationship I ever had
there comes a time to say goodbye
I just had to realise
he was too old for me
I needed a much younger one
The signs were there for all to see
The cracks were starting to appear
I knew I had to leave him
It’s so hard to break off such a bond
when you’ve been through so much
together for so long a time
I’ll never forget the forlorn look
on his face when I drove past him
for the last time in a brand new shiny car
his regrettable replacement!
This is a true story (another layer within) and I still grieve for my “Brumby” (Subaru Ute 1992). I live by the sea and he was getting so old, rusty
(but still beautiful) and temperamental from the salt air that I reluctantly traded him in for a newer car (regrettably not a ute).
Here he is in his glory days when our love was fresh and new:
There are still a few Brumby Utes left on the roads here in Australia; unfortunately they ceased production in 1992. When I’m out driving and I see one my head turns to see if it is my ‘lost love’. I don’t want another one – I want him!
…….and here’s a bit of serendipitous karma for you. His number plate is original as I bought it. The first and second letters are my initials and I decided at the time the third one was for ‘good’ which it was during the course of our time together!
EDIT: I've just re-read my 'poem' and one of my lines reads suspiciously like a line from Anthem
I could change it but that is how it came to me when I first wrote it so I will let my subconscious mind have its way!