24 Hour Serenade

For 24 hours I was king of the world
On top of the mountain ‘cause you were my girl
For 24 hours everything was right
Because of a phone call, and one spectacular night

For 24 hours I was complete and made whole
By the promise you made to never let go
You chose with your heart and now you were mine
Together forever with nothing but time

But fear is the enemy of everything right
And life seemed to change just overnight
And now the confusion sets in again
It needs to find room amongst all the pain

In 48 hours I was all turned around
Tears of joy turned to sorrow, and now fall on the ground
Pick up the pieces, or so they may say
Learn to let go, just get through today

Though the road seems eternal with obstacles abound
I will press on forward to keep myself sound
Relearn what was simple and not give it thought
To focus on positives and not be distraught

I want to listen to music and not shed a tear
‘Cause there’s memories of you in all that I hear
I want to walk on the beach and learn to just be
‘Cause there’s an image of you in all that I see

But saying goodbye is step number one
I need to appreciate the love and the fun
The mutual outlook which brought us together
The wonderful memories that live on forever

I want to thank you for everything that you gave to me
Because I am now the man you taught me to be
I want to thank you for all of which now I am better
A parent, a friend, a neighbor, a lover

So I hope as we move on you have no regrets
Know that I am not bitter and I’m not upset
Our loved blossomed and bloomed, like a bright, springtime flower
And brought us together for at least 24 hours.

<return to my collection>

3 thoughts on “24 Hour Serenade

  1. Love this poem, GIl ! Would sure like hearing the story behind it some day! I especially liked how you processed through the immense hurt and were able to avoid bitterness from taking root. I had an especially hard break-up in College and responded with putting a quote on my wall from Faulkner and leaving it there for a year — it read, “Perhaps they were right in putting love in books…perhaps it couldn’t live anywhere else.” Was not a good way to handle it !

    1. Thank you, Mark. I think we all respond with varying emotions to tough situations. I can tell you the experience that inspired that poem was not without its share of bitterness, pain, and moments of hatred. Still, in the end, I believe God places those moments of pain in our lives in order to direct us to that something better He has in store for us. In a way, pain is when we look at God’s will through human eyes.

  2. So Gil…I just read your response from more than a year ago! I don’t track WordPress as much as I’d like. Anyway, I read this again and it is timely for a friend of mine. I will share it, assuming you don’t mind. Take care, friend!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s