I tried to understand you in words,
in gestures
and how you acted
but I only got the shell of you,
the shattered, battered shell.

I could never get any deeper
than the surface,
the outside,
the façade,
till that moment on the rainy beach,
were we walked out a fight in bitter silence,
when you turned round to face me,
to say that you were scared
to lose me

I never loved you more
and never would love you less
in the future
that now almost is our past.
Because in that moment
I understood you
for always.


Comments on: "Understanding" (19)

  1. You’ve “captured” that moment well.

  2. Just yesterday, my girlfriend and I talked about “knowing” one another. It is a conversation we will always have.

    • Hi Walter
      I suppose we never get to know each other totally, and that keeps it interesting πŸ™‚

  3. How one moment, one act, one word can totally change the perspective… Mooi gevat, Ina!

  4. You get better and better.

    This is terrific


    • Hi David
      thank you very much for thinking so! This one was written in a flow, in a few minutes, which always makes me wonder if it is okay to post or not. I suppose it was!

      Arohanui πŸ™‚

  5. So cute and inspiring β™₯

  6. Your poetry is simply getting better, Ina. This is how we are, I guess, always trying to understand each other, failing, then getting a moment of revelation, then going on into the strength of love as the cycle starts over again. A wonderful poem.

    • Hi Thomas
      thank you very much. We have the biggest, most rewarding quest when we try to find out about the other, I think. And we shall always fail, but sometimes there is a flash that makes up for every failure? πŸ™‚

  7. Your words – so well crafted to echo experiences common to us all – is this not the poet’s work? If so, you should be proud that in reaching out in your poetry you have touched us deeply…

  8. Beautifully done, as ever, Ina!

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