In Other Words


I wrote this poem in the Fall of 2010. There was a girl at my work that I had been crushing on for a long time. It became a complicated situation that never ended up working out. In the end, it was for the best. I wrote a few poems to express how I felt throughout the situation. I have always liked this one for its brevity and the sentiment expressed in it. I feel like it says a lot without using many words.

In Other Words

I write poems about you in my head before I fall asleep,
they’re often melancholy in tone.

I wonder how you are and what you’re up to,
because you seem sad…

And I can’t be there to ask “what’s wrong?”

“is there anything that I can do for you?”


I live out scenarios about you in my head before my days start,
they’re often filled with joy.

When I don’t have to wonder how you are,
because we’re happy…

And I can be there to ask “how was your day?”

“do you think about me as much as I think about you?”

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