I could fall in love if you’d let me
instead of rambling incessantly
of coulds, woulds and ifs,
playing out movies of fiction in my head
singing songs of loss and dispair.
I could fall in love if only you’d shut up
with your banterings of failed fairy tales
and reruns of love’s battles lost
who asked you anyway?
asked you to weigh in on
something that is a matter of the heart
and no concern of yours.
go back to sleep
in the depths of the recesses of my mind
stop muttering your doubts in my ear
and leave me alone
to follow the path I choose.
sure, there is risk
no guarantees the snakes won’t bite
but their venom is worse than yours;
theirs can be cured…
theirs comes with the pleasure of the journey.
yours is one of paralysis
leaving your victim to watch
as life journeys by,
as opportunity dances with passion.
frozen in fear
as happiness enjoys a leisurely stroll
hand in hand with contentment.
I could fall in love if you’d let me.
and perhaps it’s time you did.