We danced around each other

I am heartbroken

But I have no right to be

As you are not mine

We danced around each other

For so long

We danced off in opposite directions

Now the music has paused

And I find that

You are with a different partner

And are dancing away from me for good

I always thought

We would eventually end up together

So that when the dancing stopped

We would be face to face

Together for the final waltz

But I somehow missed a step

Lost my cue

And you did not wait for me

To catch up

So I am now a wall flower

Destined to end the dance alone

Knowing the tune and the steps

But standing like a spare part

A well-dressed mannequin

Unloved, invisible, bereft

As the music plays on


© Kate McClelland 2015





4 thoughts on “We danced around each other

  1. I found it difficult to “like” this poem of pain – we truly need another word to indicate appreciation!

    My soul mate and I “danced around” in a similar fashion, both of us sure that we would come together later in life. Neither of us married happily. Sadder still, his later came sooner – and our conversations toward the end were bittersweet expressions of life-long love.

    Beautiful poem that made me cry.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  2. Awww Madelyn, I think that’s the nicest thing you could have said!
    I’m sorry to hear of your soul mate passing – at least you both took the opportunity to say the words to each other.
    I was trying to get the bitter-sweetness across, so thank you for that and for your comments :0)


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