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I Used to be a Hopeless Romantic

From hopeless to hopeful

By Nick GrahamPublished about a year ago Updated about a year ago 1 min read
Top Story - September 2022
I Used to be a Hopeless Romantic
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I used to be a hopeless romantic.

I remember writing love poems about the woman of my dreams,

sewing together Surreal sentences intertwined with love,

I recall the moment when I showed the Woman of my dreams the poems,

I recall how it shifted my reality into a nightmare,

I can still hear the Laughter I received back at my vulnerability,

I can still feel when every chuckle Plucked away at the pedals of the rose-covered Heart I kept on my sleeve.

I used to be a hopeless romantic

Until I was told I was too much of a person,

I was too clingy,

I was too needy,

I was too emotional,

How do you fix being too much of a person,

I started cutting parts off,

I cut off the arm with the rose pedal heart,

I cut off the knee that bent with Commitment,

I cut off the Tongue that spoke about love,

I cut off the fingers that wrote about it,

I used to be a hopeless romantic

I used to be a hopeless romantic,

back when I thought there was something wrong with me,

back when I was a self-inflicted amputee,

back when I thought capitalizing words in the middle of a sentence was me just wanting to take up space,

I'm now learning to be a hopeful romantic

A person who writes not of the love he wants, but of the love he deserves,

A Person who can regrow the parts of him once removed,

A person who takes pride in being "too much".

A person who recognizes that Almost is never enough, and there is no Goldilocks of love.

I am learning to be a hopeful romantic.

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About the Creator

Nick Graham

My life has been full of dichotomies, Trauma, but love. Change, but safety. Abandonment, but role models. These differences are shared in my writing and poems with a unique perspective.

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  • Durosinmi Adedayo 5 months ago

    Loving writings

  • Kris Griffithabout a year ago

    Poetry is the soul standing naked. There is no bigger expression of bravery than to write (and share) poetry!

  • Amy Hallabout a year ago

    I enjoyed reading this piece, well done! I subscribed to you! I am just starting out and would very much like if you have time to read some of my work and if you like it please subscribe! I look forward to reading more of your work!

  • Oshin Oliviera about a year ago

    Learning how to share yourself again after being taught that your feelings and desires are invalid, beautiful.

  • Su cardabout a year ago

    Good writing

  • Noethiger Guerreroabout a year ago

    Nice article

  • caldwell benisabout a year ago

    Good writing

  • Dapoabout a year ago

    Interesting turn out of events in a person's life. I was more of a Jedi in my imagination and not much of a romantic. I do recall praying about the kind of woman I wanted. I had so much faith about it. I asked myself, if the person I prayed about can really exist, because she felt to perfect. Well I did learn reality and I did finally get my kind of woman eventually. Thanks for the memories.

  • Linda Rivenbarkabout a year ago

    Your honesty and courage in revealing your deepest feelings is something to honor and cherish, never to mock and abuse. Keep being 100 percent yourself. The right one will not want to change anything about you. Thanks for this beautiful word picture.

  • Libbyabout a year ago

    I loved this! So beautiful and relatable.

  • Samantha Jamison about a year ago

    Beautiful poem

  • Kendall Defoe about a year ago

    I was a hopeless romantic, too. Now, I'm just hopeless... Seriously, I like this one and thank you for it... :)

  • Mariann Carrollabout a year ago

    Bravo , Well written

  • Natalia Grinabout a year ago

    Unique perspective indeed. Amazing poem.

  • Tamara Grahamabout a year ago

    I am crying, as usual, at the honesty, and openness, and realness…you are an amazing writer. Thank you.

  • Jessiabout a year ago

    lovely! very much enjoyed this read and look forward to more like it.

  • Sabrina Weissabout a year ago

    This is amazing. Great work

  • Danielle Gibsonabout a year ago

    This is so beautiful 👏👏👏

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