Almanac Poetry: To Deirdre of My Sorrows


Deirdre of the Sorrows by John Duncan. [Wikimedia Commons.]

To Deirdre of My Sorrows


You weren’t really of my sorrows;
that’s been my retrospective jest.
We were eighteen-year-old kids at the time;
nothing more.
I, earnest and naive
— couldn’t help it.
You, calm, unencumbered,
the prettiest girl I knew.
We never slept together.
I smothered you, saw you as ideal.
It could never work. And didn’t. You left.
Gone was our hugging, pashing, hand holding,
outings for pizza and movies.
Once, as a surprise,
you cooked me a roast chicken.
Anyway …
Now we’re forty-three.
I feel as if I’ve blinked
and twenty-five years have passed.
Recently I learned
you have a husband and girls.
Are you happy?
Actually, I don’t care.
My memories of you, I’ve just realised,
are all about me.




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Kevin Densley is a graduate of both Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. He has taught writing and literature in numerous Victorian universities and TAFES. He is a poet and writer-in-general. His fifth book-length poetry collection, Please Feed the Macaws ... I'm Feeling Too Indolent, will be published in late 2023 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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