Better to Have Loved?

From a distance, a fleeting glimpse,
Then eye contact and some flirting attempts
Brief conversations, casual talks
Coincidental meetings, leisurely walks
Playfully joking, a touch here and there
Personal stories and secrets to share
A friendship is formed that will last forever
A kinship, a bond that cannot be severed
Through this connection grew something more
A companion to be admired, loved and adored
This deeper love remained concealed
For attacks would come if revealed
Society shuns the different forms
Of love that simply do not conform
Physically separated, broken apart
The two still remain one at heart
But the pressure from others—even family and friends—
Causes a break, and so it ends
This love so pure that felt so right
Has lost its strength and given up the fight
The only evidence of your love, it seems,
Are your thoughts and memories, no more than dreams
It was said, “Tis better to have loved and lost”
But would you do it again if you knew the cost?
Was it worth the pain from letting in
This taste of love, of what could’ve been?
Is it better to stop, conceal or hide
A form of true love?  Only you can decide.

Copyright © 2021 Brandon Ellrich

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Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

16 thoughts on “Better to Have Loved?

  1. “But would you do it again if you knew the cost?”
    Great question and one that is different not just for each person but also depending on timing and circumstance.
    If you ask me this about my ex-husband for instance the answer is a firm no…. but if you ask me the same question about my best friend of 20+ years I’d say YES without hesitating. That relationship has brought me more pain and heartache than any other BUT also more joy and understanding as well.

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