We still liked to walk together and explore the woods nearby,

even though a dissonant distance had now grown between us.

Our walk this day was much like the others, making observations

of the direction our pathway may take.

Across the trail we pushed through tangled brush and eye-level

tree limbs and soon came upon a small but steep incline.

You climbed up before me, and I behind, reached up to take your hand;

You declined.

An entry for dVerse Poets Open Link Night ~Week 73 hosted by Tashtoo:  http://dversepoets.com/2012/12/04/openlinknightweek-73/

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  1. Take my hand.


  2. Oh, that gave my heart a little lurch–and a tear in my eye. I thank you so much for reaching out.


  3. gracefulglider

     /  January 8, 2011

    🙂 i smile not at you but at understanding.
    Appreciate you sharing


  4. Your poem. Tears!
    Michael’s respnse. More Tears!
    And isn’t this just how it feels sometimes?

    The poem is understated, but the emotions explode.


    • I had the same response that you did–Jamie. This was a true incident with my ex–it left me with a hurting heart. When I saw Michael’s response–my heart did give a lurch of surprise and then my eyes filled up with tears. I was stunned and so touched by his kindness.

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your reaction.


  5. this was really touching gayle. it happens sometimes in walk of life, it teaches us to climb ourselves. 🙂


  6. One foot within
    Next one is creative
    No moment but Now

    enjoy Bodhirose(+)
    soulbro* 🙂 xoxoxo—{–@


  7. That dawning moment of comprehension…So often people aren’t who we thought they were…


  8. ugh…not really on your side now are they…even though they feign it…yet when push comes to shove…well the truth comes…


    • This was a true experience for me…his behavior did not really surprise me but I had hoped for something else. When all the hope was gone, so was he…


  9. Declining someone’s hand is definitely a perfect example of the distance between two people. Nice!


  10. Such a beautiful poem. the “you declined” was my favorite part.


  11. Gayle, this hurt. I can’t imagine love disintegrating to that point. On second hand, yes–I can.


  12. Wow, the ending to this was so unexpected until you read it again. Only to see, it was there all the time. You say so much with so few words, but what is said is powerful and has such resonance.


  13. Yes, as someone up above said: “That gave my heart a little lurch.” It was very well done – unexpected.


  14. Sigh…. beautiful !



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