“I wish I knew how to quit you,” but I can’t
you’re like a drug, your voice
calls out to me like wine
your eyes are opiate
I wish I knew how to give you up
you can stub out a cigarette
put the bottle down
check into rehab
go cold turkey.
There is no rehab for this thing I’ve got
they say I’m lovestruck, singing
to myself, I can’t put down
the phone, can’t walk out
(Please just call me!)
I wish I knew how to quit you, but
I’d sooner quit myself, and
there’s the problem
I need to let go of
this bad thing.
I take a walk along the strand
waves lap the beach
surge on the sand
then quit before
Now I know how to quit you: just like this
I pause, draw breath (I can’t)
forget that kiss
a song of love
Meanwhile, somewhere out to sea, the wind sings stories of her long lost lover…
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Written for dVerse
Mish is hosting Poetics, and has given us a choice of many classic lines from movies around which to compose a poem. It was really difficult to choose, as I’m a big film fan.
I chose “I wish I knew how to quit you” from Brokeback Mountain, 2005, but I might have to return to this prompt later in the week.
Join us for some more movie-inspired poetry from 3pm EST…