POETRY: Paralysation

Paralysation

I drifted freely through the air,

Content with never quite being caught,

Then I eased into your love and care,

My untrained heart began to be taught.

 

No label slammed upon my head,

And with a brave smile you agreed to it all,

Cadged like a bird was what I had dread,

But, your strength began to fall.

 

As we went on with the same routines,

You yearned to hold and to have me,

So, you burnt and stamped down your feelings,

‘Cause I was content with leaving it be.

 

We acted like lovers, some called us cute,

At times you believed my actions,

They weren’t a lie but I hid the truth,

My thoughts became personal captions.

 

Eventually it came, we both feel the same!

As my heart became unhidden,

I poured out my soul and offered you tame,

The lion into a kitten.

 

Then came the shock, the heartbreak, the rock,

That caused the realisation,

That you had stamped, burnt, and had got,

Into a state of paralysation.

 

It took me too long, to open my heart,

You can’t make yourself trust this action,

Now we’re back to just friends, with time apart,

Feelings undergoing retraction.

 

The lesson learnt here, is that the fear,

Can halt you in your path,

So hurdle and jump when you’re so near,

To find true happiness at last.

 

By Jody Dontje

POETRY: The Friendship Line

The Friendship Line

There can be a fine line

Between friends and lovers.

We sometimes pass over this line slightly,

But only in our own minds, under the covers.

 

A strong surge of feelings rise like a

Heatwave from within,

Then it passes and fades

As you fight to not let those feelings win.

 

Sometimes it is what they say,

That makes your heart seem to jolt.

Other times it is what they do,

That makes you question, makes you stop.

 

We brush it off like a harmless speck

That hovers over our skin and lands,

Laughing at ourselves and thinking,

‘We have always just been friends’.

 

Then of course there are those times,

Where a change rushes over their face,

Or there are alterations in their manner

That makes you closer, or creates space.

 

All aboard the friendship,

That will take us on a ride,

Of ups and downs and questions flowing,

Rushing deeply on inside.

 

By Jody Dontje