Choose Your Own Fantasy

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Poems – Day 12
Fireblossom Friday:  Love
“What can I say about Love? Poems have been written about every kind of love, and every emotion connected with it, from the giddy beginnings of romantic love, to the ruin and despair of losing love. Young love, mature love, sappy love, selfless love, familial love, star-crossed love, lost love, love for animals or home or country, all of these have been written about for centuries and still, the subject is never exhausted.”

“So, how shall I pare down this tremendous subject for our purposes here today? Here’s what we’ll do: write about love for someone who does not know you love them. The guy at the music store, the gal in the apartment across the hall. That actor on the screen, that character in your novel. You can write about someone you actually know or know of, or you can imagine someone. You could complicate it. Maybe they’re married, maybe there’s an age difference, maybe you don’t want to rearrange your life, but there they are, making your heart beat faster anyway. Above all, write POETRY. It needn’t rhyme, it needn’t have a formal construction. But it can’t be prose. Give us the emotion and the nuance. Make us sigh or laugh.”

Think of it this way–
you moon and pine
for someone who
does not know you’re alive.
Fantasize a steamy romance–
those exotic things
you would love to do.
Imagination is keen.
Go ahead; it is probably
better in your head.
Who could live up
to your wildest dreams?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Choose Your Own Fantasy

  1. coalblack says:

    This reminds me of “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon, where he says “If you took all the girls I knew and i was single/ and brought them all together for one night/ I know they’d never match my sweet little imagination/ and everything looks worse in black and white.”


  2. LOL, it is probably better in your head……….sometimes I wish I wrote fiction, so I could enjoy an alternate reality.


  3. ManicDdaily says:

    Haha! I don’t know. Real life does have let downs, but also flesh! k.


  4. Susie Clevenger says:

    Yes, it is often better in your head.


  5. Carrie V. H. says:

    Yes I hear ya Sara. True, and made me smile.


  6. kanzensakura says:

    Ahhh. But sometimes the exceed your imagination


  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    Exactly. I think “unrequited love” definitely lives on in the imagination for the better!


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