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Ulterior Motives

by Ling Ling 

Posted: 01 June 2004
Word Count: 221
Summary: Why is that that some people seek ulterior motives in potential partners, and some don't? Isn't it easier, and far more liberating to let love enter your heart than to allow the demons to creep in?

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She walked out of the door,
then took half the house
When here I sit all alone,
as quiet as a mouse.

Drove away in the car
you bought as a gift,
when all I behold is
deadwood, adrift.

Solicitors bills for
dealing the blow,
when all that I wanted
was the monster to go.

Should have been greedy,
should have taken much more.
But what can I demand
when knocked to the floor?

Living in glass houses,
throwing your stones.
Can't even communicate
with numerous phones.

The house built on sand
is sinking so fast.
Picture perfect existence
never was built to last.

The anger, the greed,
the desire to suceed.
But when push came to shove
what happened to love?

It's 101 excuses
for taking the piss.
The sincerest apologies -
too many to list.

It's stuck on the shelf
ailing, in poor health.
A redundant commodity -
no benefit to your wealth.

Don't question what motives
I have for being near.
It could just be because -
to me you are dear.

I want for nothing but
for a little of your time.
To walk down the street
with your hand in mine.

So if I seem a bit distant
its not because I have gone.
It could be in a moment of
silence, learned where I belong.

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Fearless at 18:04 on 01 June 2004  Report this post
Lil Sis

I liked this. Sometimes we say so much with our silences, that we forget that our companion is unlikely to hear, or may misinterpret, pushing them further away, when that isn't what we want.

You have portrayed the feelings of angst, pain, love and hopefulness well.

A few typos:

- 'succeed' in the 7th stanza
- 'apologies' in the 8th
- 'commodity' in the 9th

Your big bro,


Ling Ling at 22:11 on 01 June 2004  Report this post
Thanks bro,
I think when you meet someone who is as 'open' as yourself, despite being hurt, it makes you realise just how stunted some people really are, or may have been. If life is a journey, then how can we expect to get anywhere stuck in reverse? Let it all go!
Ling Ling x

roovacrag at 05:37 on 02 June 2004  Report this post
Says an awful lot. First stanza starts it off well,with a view of what to come.
Well done.
xx Alice.

paul53 [for I am he] at 17:30 on 02 March 2005  Report this post
Found this is the Random Read, so apologies for lateness. I found this incredibly moving; an excellent piece of work.

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