I Wore My Feelings on My Sleeve – a Poem of Angst

painted on false smile
Then vanish like the Cheshire cat

 

I Wore My Feelings on My Sleeve

I wore my feelings on my sleeve

Displayed for all to see.

You ripped that sleeve from off my shirt

And delighted in cruel glee.

Now I keep my heart’s desires

Bottled up inside.

I’ll never more be made a fool,

Or feed your selfish pride.

I thought you were a trusted friend,

But how wrong I must have been.

Now I’ll keep you at arm’s length,

You’ll not hurt me again.

So, take you painted on false smile

And kiss your lying arse.

then vanish like the Cheshire Cat

In ‘Through the Looking Glass.”

Author’s Note

This poem wasn’t written as a response to any particular unpleasant situation or act of betrayal, or aimed at any one person. It is just a general response to anyone who has deceived or betrayed me in the past, or maybe even in the future. I am sure we have felt this way at some time in our lives when someone we considered close has let us down. Thank you for reading.

 

by John Hansen © 2019

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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.
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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “I Wore My Feelings on My Sleeve – a Poem of Angst

  • August 10, 2019 at 12:42 PM
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    Very well-written and emotive poem, John. I so relate to your words, for I have been there. Some of those who betrayed and hurt me are gone from my life – yet there are a few rare ones whom I still love and peace has come between us. Take care. x

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:15 PM
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    Thank you Phyllis. I won’t say I am glad you can relate to this from experience, but I am pleased you know where I was coming from in writing it. It is nice that you have made peace with some her hurt you and have moved on. Thank you for reading.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 10:04 AM
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    I have found that some of my trust in people has eroded with time and may never return. This is not necessarily bad. I have found great strength in solitude. Don’t get me wrong though I still enjoy social moments with friends and love ones. Thank you for your poetry John and I hope you are well. Jamie

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    • August 11, 2019 at 9:45 PM
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      Yes, the same here, Jamie. The rifts between some people can never be healed and with others you can forgive and forget. It depends on the situation and i guess most things happen for a reason. Thanks for reading. Take care.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:00 PM
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    I think everyone can relate to this piece John.. I know I can… wonderfully written

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:47 PM
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    Yes, Kurt, I doubt there are too many people living who haven’t been hurt or betrayed by someone. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for reading.

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