queer-with-a-pen

is this not a lament, captain?

heartbreak is one hell

of a muse

and the bard wonders 

if the captain

if his captain

is aware of this

 

that the bard could have

a muse before the captain

is nothing to scoff at

 

because, really, what kind

of poet would he be

if heartbreak weren’t his

first love?

 

and there really is a certain

poetry in taking the thing that

plagues you into shaking hands

and forcing it into a shape

that suits you better

 

maybe the shape of that

heartbreak is you, captain

 

maybe the shape of that 

heartbreak

is you

Comments2

  • L. B. Mek

    'because, really, what kind
    of poet would he be
    if heartbreak weren’t his
    first love?'
    that's speaks to so many, on so many levels - a standout stanza of insight and unvarnished brevity,
    brilliant write

    • queer-with-a-pen

      Thank you for reading my work, and your kind words. I am quite proud of that stanza, and the poem as a whole.

    • Lorna

      Now that I've found the Captain I can't get enough of him.......

      • queer-with-a-pen

        Myself and the bard agree with you wholeheartedly! The captain is quite fun to write, even more now that he’s become his own character outside of the metaphor of unrequited love he and the bard were originally based upon.



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