Sunday, 18 July 2010

A cross bus

So, we're away from home just now. Here's a clue to our whereabouts (safe to say you could not buy this version in Scotland... surprised they're still on sale here in fact...).



But holidays or no the Poetry Bus is still on the road - this week at Delusions of Adequacy (instructions here). My ticket is an old poem... about unrequited love (one in particular - though it may seem general).



Girls learn this only once



Tall, hard and cold
Men you like
Who don't like you
You bend
You twist
To fit them right
You waste your precious time
That's what you do


RF 2005

x

21 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

Very wise. Have a nice holiday wherever you are.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Nice :)
It's a tough reality..but its true...

Niamh B said...

Brilliant, I'm sure I learnt that more than once though! At least 2 or 3 times!! Got it eventually. :-)
Enjoy the holiday.

Rachel Fenton said...

Awe - harsh lessons are always the hardest to learn - lucky for you you found the best use for that man in your brilliant tragic poem!

Rachel Fox said...

Oh yes, it took me a few tries till I'd learned the lesson too!

Somebody once complained that the poem was unfair and that boys have this problem too. I responded that there is nothing in the poem that denies this other truth (and all the others...).

x

Gwei Mui said...

Yes this is so true. Great piece, short and punchy

Argent said...

Not sure of Blogger ate my comment so...

Absolutely on the money!

Peter Goulding said...

You've gone on holiday to Mars? Thats quite impressive.
Wouldn't bother overmuch about that man - they're all the same, really.

Totalfeckineejit said...

I'm always a fan of your punctuation!
Good poem, hope it's a good hollier too and that the weather is better than the dismal dreary rain we have here.Yeuch!.

Helen said...

I have been guilty of this - too many times. Wonderful piece on unrequited love!

Claudia said...

Very wise! The good thing with the bend and twist thing is: you always get back your old shape - the sooner or later... ;o

The Solitary Walker said...

Mmm .. I think it's probably wise , too. And I'm a man! Have a great (inter-planetary) break. Or is that a Kit-kat?

hope said...

For the record it is NOT a man's world...well, not all the time. Nicely said friend.

Wow...never seen a Mars bar like that! Great, everyone is commenting on your great poem and the chocolate catches my eye. :) Hope you're enjoying some time for you.

The Bug said...

It is most certainly what you do - until you finally reel in the right one!

Jeanne Iris said...

Amen to that, sista!

Enchanted Oak said...

Oh. Lord, I've bent and twisted my fair share of pretzel loves for guys who weren't worth the contortions!

Domestic Oub said...

So much wasted time!! So true... But my poetry would suffer these days if I didn't have those guys to look back on. Happiness a dull poet makes.

Dominic Rivron said...

Usually crops up as a Glawegian delicacy, deep fried... Odd to see it with an English flag.

Like the poem: the sort Tom Pickard might have written if he were a woman.

Titus said...

Pure, stripped class.

I bought the matching umbrella in the motorway services on the way back up. Down to £1.99!

Dianne said...

direct and obtusely to the point
have a great week.
Dianne

Eryl Shields said...

Oh how harshly this resonates, still.