One Word, Lost in Expectation

One Word, Lost in Expectation
One Word, Lost in Expectation

No she said, as plain as could be,
and his face dropped, lost in the ambiguity,
his wife to be not resigned, it seemed,
here at the alter the truth unforeseen,
as she cried voluminous tears,
her heart pleading forgiveness for her utterance,
and he, still in pallid abject shock,
for what happened to yes, he mocked,
the last moment change to rock his world.

He, red faced and agog, and she
running into a nearby chamber to sob,
as the clergy frowned in quandary
and the congregation disavowed as if a robbery:
the day stolen before their eyes,
all the planning the investment of lives,
and she, said it plain in refusal,
he left at the alter in disapproval,
as his life just slipped away.

He rushed to her,
the tears drenching that pristine gown,
and begged her to reconsider, reason to avow,
but the truth did sting for all its stark reality,
love not all she’d hoped in his security,
and true to self she must be,
apologized for the lateness of clarity,
but knowing now what she wanted,
the answer ‘no’ a daunting affront, yet supported.

They parted never to see one another again,
and in his heart with pain, he knew it true,
for mistakes can long ensue, if not recognized,
and far greater hurt awaits in ignorance,
so in his heart he wished her well,
and tried to overcome his disappointment,
knowing he would be more aware in love’s grace,
when life would change and make him whole,
his soul mate yet to find.

Tony DeLorger © 2017

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

2 thoughts on “One Word, Lost in Expectation

  • April 4, 2017 at 12:19 AM

    Yes, true to herself – yet so much pain to bear for both. True love will be found. Very nicely penned, Tony. So well phrased the expressions and emotions are seen and felt. Great work.

  • April 4, 2017 at 12:22 AM

    Much appreciated Phyllis; sad but it happens, and mistakes can have dire effects on life. Cheers!


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