Unrequited

The image showsย a couple dining. The man has a glass of wine in his hand and he is looking at his companion. The woman is staring the other way, holding a few long stem flowers.

He eyes her through the filter of his almost untouched wine glass, while she stares absently through sparkling windows at manicured gardens. Stiff as the starched collar of his borrowed shirt, he rehearses the lines he wants to say. He takes another taste of wine, the unfamiliar liquid rolls across his tongue. She sweeps from the table without a glance, leaving long-stemmed roses scattered in her wake.

seizing the moment
clutching a crimson flower
he strides after her
but sheโ€™s already dancing
in the arms of another.
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Image credit: Olga Solodilova @ Unsplash
The image shows a couple dining. The man has a glass of wine in his hand and he is looking at his companion. The woman is staring the other way, holding a few long stem flowers.

Written in response to Sadje‘s What Do You See #121 photo prompt

87 thoughts on “Unrequited

  1. Wow, Chris! Your poem captures a painful moment very well. Those sorts of things do happen. I hate public proposals! I was once at a large pool party where a man publicly proposed to his girlfriend. She accepted because she didn’t want to embarrass him, but she later returned the ostentatious ring!

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