The Other Side of It

I was an experiment.

My ‘feeling hurt’ has made you quite defensive,
You’re angry that I fell in love with you;
I had no right, because you never loved me,
I realize all that now. But still, it’s true

That I must grieve a dream that only I had,
And grow hot in the foolishness I feel;
To know that what I came to hope and cherish
Was nothing in your eyes,
And never

True Stories from My Past, Episode 1

So once, in this human terrarium,
A guy asked a woman to marry him;
She promptly said, “No.”
And then turned to go,
While he wished the ocean would bury him


(“True Stories from My Past, Episode 1” – 8-14-2016)

Suspicious of Motive

He said, “Hello. I’ve been wanting to meet you.
And maybe we could spend some time — us two?”
She said, “Uh-huh. I’ve heard all this before, man.
‘Cause you don’t really know me, now – do you?

So many guys go hunting on the weekends.
Another trophy – just another deer —
Well, dude: you take your rifle and keep walking:
You’ll find no easy stragglers ’round here.”

He said, “It’s not like that. It’s disconcerting
To be dismissed, and never get to try
To see if you and I could be, well, something.
But it’s your choice, of course. And so – goodbye.”

A choice: a couple minutes, one brief chat —
Our chances come and then they’re gone, like that.

A Man’s Guide to Relationship Advice

He’d sought the company of a young woman who clearly wasn’t interested. He asked me what he should do.

Me: That’s easy. Give up and move on.

Him: But I think she might be the One…

She’s not. Take it from me.

How do you know?

I’ll answer you, but first, let me ask you a question.


Would you rather have a beer or a vaccine?

A beer. Preferably more than one to go with these hot dogs.

Don’t know you know what’s good for you? I think you should quit eating hot dogs and drinking beer, and get a full panel of vaccines instead.

I don’t give a rat’s ass what you want. It’s my life, I’ll do as I please.

Ah, got it, sorry. Now, as to your question – how I know she’s not the One…


Because, you stupid prick, she’ll decide what she likes and doesn’t like, not you.

Are you calling me a vaccine?

No, because those have actually helped people.

I’d be willing to buy her beer…

Shots, more likely, and we already established she doesn’t want those any more than you did.

So I should leave her alone and find someone else?


Even though I have strong feelings for her.

Especially because you have ‘strong feelings’ for her. Because that’s crazy – you don’t even know her.

Has this ever happened to you?

Yes. I’ve been offered more “turn down” service than a fancy hotel.

Fine. I’ll see what else is out there.

Good man. Give the poor girl a break.

You make me sound like some kind of stalker.

You basically were becoming one, dude. So… DON’T DO THAT.


A Case of Non-Assent

“Assent is just another ass assuaged.”
He ran away reactively; she raged
At what a wicked war that man had waged,
But she no longer would be kept or caged.

For he’s a fool to think that he would find
Some special spot of welcome in her mind,
Inviolate is how she is. In vain
Will he approach her castle walls again.

More bellicose he grew, within this bar,
To try to shame her, and regain control,
But she has come too far, too fucking far
To lose that to some man without a soul.

In vino veritas. It’s understood:
He’s shown his real face, and it’s no damned good


So he loves her, but she does not love him…

So he loves her, but she does not love him;
A story countless through the ages told.
A type of madness now his mind infects,
Each day he tries to shake its baneful hold –

But wonders, what technique or set of words,
Or clothes, or gifts, might cause her heart to fill?
Then curses his obsession, for he knows:
She doesn’t love him, and
She never will

Pillars of Rejection (4)

This is as controversial as I get, which is to say, not terribly. I don’t think.

Okay. About the “friendzone”:
First, the terms unfortunate —
For it implies that friends are
Something terrible to get.

But I think I see well enough
What’s being gotten at —
It is about rejection,
Sometimes painful ones, at that.

So now, no matter who you are
It’s tough (you know it’s true!)
When you desire someone who
Does not desire you

And since rejection’s painful
One will say, “well let’s be friends.”
The other thinks, “this hurts too much.
I guess here’s where this ends.”

Don’t tell someone that you don’t want
They’re wrong for wanting you:
And if you are the rejectee
Might want to think this through —

Most important: don’t lash back.
It’s wrong to behave such:
Like you were never told when young
There’s stuff that you can’t touch.

Love’s freely given, or not there.
To deal with, takes some balls:
If you want to control folks, then
Go home
And play
With dolls