2022 Poetry Competition Runner-up: “Unrequited” by Cara Lowther

 

You know this won’t end well.

It grew from lies and tears.

Don’t make it real, don’t tell.

 

The right fit needs no hard sell.

If true, you’d have no fears.

You know this won’t end well.

 

Those heart-surges that swell

He knows but never hears.

Don’t make it real, don’t tell.

 

The moment soft words fall,

Scalped like raw souvenirs –

You know this won’t end well.

 

Your quiet love spawns hell

When the confession nears.

Don’t make it real, don’t tell.

 

Take suffix from villanelle,

There unfurl the wasted years.

This hasn’t ended well.

Don’t make it real. Don’t tell. 

2 thoughts on “2022 Poetry Competition Runner-up: “Unrequited” by Cara Lowther

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  2. Beautifully simplistic and overtly compelling. I literally felt what Cara wrote, as an existential long-lost angst from another life.

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