Don't put me in my place - put yourself there

by Heide McAlister-Bates

just for a moment,
to feel what I feel-
you’ll see how sharp
your points are
when you deliver them,
oh-so-much better
than I ever could,
or so you attempt
to lead me to believe.

didn’t you once say
it was my burning
that attracted you
like a moth to a flame
and if that is true
why do you so often
try to extinguish
my fire?


Author's Note: The less said, the better...

Posted on 01/07/2004
Copyright © 2020 Heide McAlister-Bates

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Ashok Sharda on 01/07/04 at 04:05 PM

Thats the objective way of seeing. Seeing from various corners. Nicely presented.

Posted by Ronald A Pavellas on 01/07/04 at 07:43 PM

Heidi, I enjoyed this. Very evocative of some things in my past -- where I was the misbehaver. Best, Ron

Posted by Kalikala Smith on 01/08/04 at 03:56 AM

stabbing. i really like this.

Posted by Mara Meade on 01/08/04 at 08:27 PM

Amen... amazing how rarely this happens anymore. You nailed it WELL.

Posted by Anne Engelen on 01/09/04 at 07:07 PM

wonderful read! welcome to pps

Posted by Jolie Jordan on 05/07/04 at 08:13 PM

Ah boy, how I can relate, especially right at the moment. why do they attempt to extinguish the fire? thank you so much for sharing this.

Posted by Paganini Jones on 07/01/04 at 07:56 PM

Oh yes - funny how what people love in us is also what they take and use against us :(

Posted by Jared Fladeland on 08/10/06 at 07:42 PM

maybe he's a fireman. and that's why he puts out your flame

Posted by Meghan Helmich on 09/25/08 at 02:08 PM

'he' does it to me, too. men don't know what they want. i think they get scared easily.

Posted by Mo Couts on 08/29/11 at 09:58 AM

Love this. Your author's note seems to flow right along with the rest of the poem = a win in every sense of the word. Nicely done.

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