Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

False Start?

“I love you” runs
to the tip of my tongue
only to be halted
by fear
of being penalized for a false start.

i don’t wanna jump the gun
but i find it hard to explain
how when we connect eyes,
my soul is certain that
you are the one,
how with you i can be my genuine self
as if that were the only version of me
that was ever acceptable.

you raise a standard
i hadn’t realized i had set so low.
and you’re making me high.
do you not see me floating past my past?
do you not see me biting my tongue
before i allow myself to speak too fast?
for now, words will rest at it’s tip
until the opportune moment when they come alive
on my lips.


One response

  1. margarethall

    Oft times, we have this stepping to the edge of the precipice and afraid to take the step..
    Love will come to you when you least expect it…but for now, you are guarded…
    Good trailing words, Farah. Clear, concise and to the point…
    Good job…

    August 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm

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