Which side?

two hands,
I am pulled
two sides,
and I know not
if my right is
the right side
or my left;
I feel bereft
of time to think
before I jump;
right or wrong,
I shall drown,
for I’ll lose
one friend,
a life-jacket;
if I don’t,
I’ll be alone,
or still be
the taut rope
in their
tug-of-war game.

two sides,
and I know not
if my left is
the right side
or my right;
hard to decide,
their fight,
and my plight.


Linked with OctPoWriMo (Day 16, Which side?) and d’Verse Poets (Open Link Night)


(’12, Oct 16)

Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

22 thoughts on “Which side?

    • I have a friend too who has had to make a choice like that, Julie. Its tough to make that choice, for it breaks you for a while after you make it. Thanks for the kind words!

  1. a hard place to be when pulled between two people..happens though..often to kids in broken homes..but happens as well in our lives..and who is to know the right decision if A and B are the only solutions..or we find a C to make it work..

    • Life has a certain way to reveal to us, but we don’t know. At that moment, we’d want both, rather than to lose one, and we’re in a fix how to do that I think, Brian. Always, the fix..

  2. A tough spot to be in for sure. Can we find a way that we don’t have to choose? I like the last lines
    “hard to decide,
    their fight,
    and my plight.”

  3. Good subject. Most of us face a dilemma like this with divorced friends at some stage in life. Most choose from expedient or opportunistic motives. I hope you are not one of them!

    • No. Not one of them, Cressida πŸ™‚ but such dilemma are too common. Inevitable part of life I guess πŸ™ Thanks for liking the poem.

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