Play With Someone Else’s Heart


You’ve made it crystal clear.

It doesn’t matter
That we can’t have one another.


You still want to wash
Your attention
Over me,
Like a jasmine blossom
Its world with the slightest
Of spring breezes,

All the while,
Unaware of how its fragrance

It doesn’t matter
That your unintentional

Strikes across me,
Igniting my desire,
Like a match
Finding its release.

Maybe you don’t know,
But I suspect that you do…

How weak I am
Around you,

That I am normally strong,

That I am normally unfazed
By the pressure of daily life.

But then,


And I succumb.

Every phrase you choose,

Every look you give me,

Fuels my hunger
To love you,


Don’t you see that?

Don’t you understand that?

The likeness of me,
Rent by your teasing,
Lingers only as a shadow
Of my former self.



Not now.

This normally strong me,
Is failing.

Take your games elsewhere.

Play with someone else’s heart.

© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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4 thoughts on “Play With Someone Else’s Heart

  1. Bill, you should seriously consider turning your poems into lyrics, or writing for singers. The intensity of feelings often remind me of songs I love.

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    1. Vera…I don’t know what to say. That is the most generous, kind comment I have ever received. Just last summer I decided to start writing in my own, awkward, free verse style. Quite frankly, I’m still shocked that people actually want to spend their time reading my work. Your comment is so generous and meaningful to me, particularly coming from someone as talented as you. I so greatly appreciate it!

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      1. Poetry must have been an innate talent now finally manifesting itself. Let it blossom forth. There is so much promise.

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      2. Thank you…. thank you! That keeps burning the fire to write! 😃

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