i fell in love with a girl in london

i fell in love with a girl in london and i'd do it all over just to see her smile at me again

a poem by Ian Campo

 

Artist:  Rolands Krutovs . Poetical Mater 1, 2019, fiber, 20 x 20 cm

Artist: Rolands Krutovs. Poetical Mater 1, 2019, fiber, 20 x 20 cm

my heart nearly stopped every time i had to cross the street
so let’s thank the queen for writing it down
before she’s just another thing i have to step over
all the rest have tickled my feet so far
and everything under construction reminds me that these days
the only remedy seems to be better luck and more cloud cover

i’ve been racing to crash on the couch
just to wake up to see if i have time for it all
and i want the stereotype to be true so i have nothing to cry about  
with the way things are going
you’d tell me not to be so brutal to myself
but the thrill i used to know is now paying its dues to the concrete

i was almost convinced i wasn’t asleep
when she whispered paris
nothing, everything may have changed
so this is not like anything i’ve never meant:

my heart nearly stopped with the regret of not talking to you
it's hard killing birds when you don't have any stones and
besides this time i think i've really done it
two days and this is already my favorite story but
second chances don't have to be so mysterious
maybe i just wanted to see you smile again

i should have said it w/o one of and the s after the L
still choosing o over x
and your pull showed my hands a home in the back of your denim
two across the channel makes the significant not so, if you want it
i’ll keep looking for you so long as you
don’t stop drawing me maps

if i died in my indecision then
your mouth showed me heaven
you’re the closest thing to purpose
i’ve ever tasted

i wish you knew how much i mean that

Photo source: the author

Photo source: the author

About the author:

Ian Campo is an abstract writer / poet residing in New York City, New York. You may view his literary works at www.hellopoetry.com/camps.


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