You Left Me, But…, a Poem

You had me dazzled. I wasn’t paying much attention. The flash came. I looked. Drawn to the sun. Pulled to the stars. My feet came off the ground. Silly me. But, but, but, I regained my composure. My feet came down to earth. I walked again and realized I was not flying. Ah, the return of level headedness. What a come down, emotionally.

You confused me. I thought I knew but I didn’t, but I thought I did. I think. Or, well, I thought. I think. Whatever. I was unsure and looking back I knew I did not know, though at the time I was sure I did. You made my head spin. I was positive of, hmmm, of nothing. Now, I am sure I knew nothing. I think.

You charmed me. Your words, your walk, your ways. You wrapped me in a warm, snug blanket. I fell softly asleep to the melody of your soothing song. I snored. I rested. I was warm and felt safe. You gently stroked my forehead. I was in a magical, mystical dreamland. And then I woke up. Boy did I wake up.

There was a chill in the air. The leaves began to turn. The breezes became a bit more brisk. The holiday season popped up out of nowhere. One minute I was swimming, the next I was looking at gift baskets. You left me that quickly. You left me that suddenly. You did not even leave me a note. Nothing. Not so much as a goodbye. Yet, I know you will be back. You always come back. Always.

Blue waters dash about in my mind. The sun stands high and strong in the sky. The smell of coconut is in the air, as the sounds of splashing in the pool reverberate in my mind. I watch the ocean’s waves. And then, mmm, smell it. Take it in. The unmistakable airborne essence of a barbeque. No barbeques now, however. It will be hot cocoa and marshmallows, which, I must admit, is not a bad thing.

Good bye summer. You came. You went. And you left me longing. But I know you. You’ll be back. You’ll return to me. I know it.

*Authors note: You might see this column pop up online in a newspaper, under the name Both Sides. I am publishing this column here first at For a bunch of years, I have been writing newspaper columns. Since my columns have received a good response on CYInterview, I thought I would share it with you. Hope you enjoy.

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