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Sunday, November 04, 2007
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This poem relates the situation between a friend and her husband when they parted.



Pretend that you don’t know her

 Pretend she—your wife--doesn’t exist

Pretend your paths never crossed

Pretend that she’s a past love you’ll never miss.

Never look back on all the two of you shared

Never take time to reminisce at all

Never remember that you loved her once

Never pick up the phone to answer her call.

Dream not of all the yesterdays you and she had

Dream not of the mutual hopes and sometime tears

Dream instead of much greener pastures

Dream that there’ll be no unwanted fears.

Hope for all that might be yours

Hope not for what might have been

Hope for a full satisfying tomorrow

Hope there’ll be no misery then.

Live entirely for yourself each day.

Live entirely for what you seek

Live entirely to fulfill your selfish aims

Live that you might never be meek.

Search diligently for your own happiness.

Search not at all for another’s peace

Search the whole world far and wide

For a new love to give you emotional release.

When you have pretended beyond pretense

That your life is really your own.

You will learn, my friend, that every day

You spend your life alone.


© 2007 Jeanette Cooper








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Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 8/28/2012
This is nuch sadnees in this poem , yet it's message is clear and simple...M
Reviewed by Richard Orey 5/8/2012
Profound insight relecting the mature wisdom that comes only with time and life experiences. But some never learn and go on speaking out about their bad luck and how "...nothing ever goes right for me."
Reviewed by JMS Bell 4/17/2010
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/26/2008
I know of a person who acted like this. He wasn't very kind, even to his divorced wife. He remarried and died 2 1/2 years later. He wasn't alone but what did he gain. Not much happiness in his life. Just sickness and ill health. God has a way of making things come around that goes around. I know this to be true.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 6/13/2008
BEAUTIFUL, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 3/31/2008
Wise and touching. The last stanza says it all!
Reviewed by Leann Marshall 3/6/2008
Wise and sad, but you are the one who grew strong. Thank you for sharing this.
Reviewed by Axilea MU 11/6/2007
Very unique way of conveying an important message.

Intriguing at first, striking in the end.


Reviewed by Sheila Roy 11/6/2007
Beautifully written with an easy flow. This one touches close to the heart. Hugs~

Reviewed by Paul Berube 11/5/2007

One with any love at all in their heart could never imagine such things. Blessings Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 11/4/2007
So very powerful..It is very difficult to go through these things with your friends.. We can be objective, but they are not..
Peace, Love, and Light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/4/2007
Such a sad existance...excellently penned, Jeanette.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 11/4/2007
Sad but inspiring poem, a very creative write. Lots of truth to this one.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 11/4/2007
A lot of liviing living and learning in the parameters of this poem . . .
Reviewed by George Carroll 11/4/2007
So much wisdom in this inspirational poem. Unless your marriage was terrible from day one, you should always be friends with the one you once loved.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 11/4/2007
Jeanette, many people believe the grass is greener on the other side, and some times the grass dries up and leaves them miserable. I think it is wise to remain friends after a separation because bitterness only leads to stress. I enjoyed this a lot!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/4/2007
Excellent pen, Jeanette; very well done! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
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