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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: First Date
By Karen Bankhead


Why, oh why do I have to do this?
What is so wrong with me??!!
All my friends are all married.
Oh, God, another anniversary!

I am not that unattractive.
Heck, Iím not that bad.
All I can think of is the past.
All of those nice guys I had.

I could have been married to Jimmy.
I could have been married to Hank.
Hank played ball in the minor leagues.
Jimmy is now head of a bank.

My best friends are becoming grandmas.
Their families are all filled up.
Iím the oldest woman out on the market.
I should have just signed that pre-nup!

Maybe Iím meant to be single.
Maybe itís just me and me.
Should I stop dreaming my dreams?
Is Prince Charming not meant to be?

I have it pretty good after all.
My time is mine and my own.
I can pick up and go where I want.
Itís just that Iím always alone.

Could I make it as somebodyís partner?
Giving and taking with love?
I think Iím good wife material.
With lots of faith and help from above!

So, here I am in a new dress.
Smiling and acting real nice.
Iím not going to carry my baggage.
Make a joke just to break the ice.

Hey, heís kind of good looking.
Over six feet if Iím not mistaken.
So smart, so funny, so nice!
Hmmm, so why is this guy not taken?

Iím looking for something thatís missing.
Looking for something to doubt.
Wait, Iím having a good time.
Good thing Iíve been working out!

So, maybe Iíve been too cynical.
Thinking Iíd waited too long.
Iím feeling so darn hopeful right now.
My heart is singing a song.

God, could this be something new and good?
Please, donít let me be fooled again.
I can feel my hopes getting up.
Donít want to lose, but I forgot how to win.

Okay, okay, Iíll calm down.
After all, itís just a first date.
Iím thinking it, but dare I say it?
I think I just met my ... soul mate?

But wait, thereís not such thing as a soul mate!
You figured that out a long time ago.
Heís just another guy thatís out there.
You hardly even know him, so....

Hey you! Relax. Enjoy the moment.
Rome wasnít built in a day.
Just get to know each other.
Youíre going to scare him away!

Okay, Lord. Youíve got to take over.
The years of heartbreak have taken a toll.
I wouldnít know real love if I saw it.
Please, just restore my soul.

Day One.

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Fay Ternan06/04/09
Reminds me of being on my knees telling God I knew I couldn't pick 'em and it was up to Him, but ONLY if it was His will. You captured first date hopes, fears and anxiety perfectly.
Lisa Harris06/04/09
What a Hoot! Loved It! Thanks for sharing your fun "First Date" thoughts in rhyme.
diana kay06/06/09
interesting to read this right through and find how it progressed. Some of your rhyming and metre was a bit out and so those final lines of each verse didnt always work on reading out loud (as I always think poetry should be!)
I also wondered about the title "first date" as clearly this person had been around the block a few times "another first date" or "first date- yet again" would perhaps work better!
Mildred Sheldon06/08/09
I truly enjoyed your poem. It was a hoot. Thanks for sharing. Keep writing and God bless and keep you.