It’s Not Supposed To Work This Way

I’ve been around,
I think I know how
Relationships are supposed
To work.

Of course
It’s possible
To cross paths
With your perfect match,
And lifelong mate…

I accept this point.

But from that moment,
It gets a little more uncertain,

Things become
A little more challenging.

It takes time,
Doesn’t it,
To completely connect
And know,
With clarity
The way ahead.

But you turned all of that
Upside down.

From the moment
I met you,
Something was
Disturbing different.

I became lost in you.

Everything I assumed,
Everything I anticipated,
Everything I thought
I knew about relationships

Was balled up,
Torn in pieces,
And tossed into the air.

I couldn’t stop thinking of you,

Your edginess,
Your wit,
Your clever mastery of language,
Your complete
And utter influence over me,
And my life.


Now I’m left swirling
In a turbulent tidal pool
Of emotions.

You’ve caused me,
In just a few weeks
To question everything
In my life.

You’ve caused me to question
What I need,
And what’s important,

And what I must do,
To change,
And commit
To you,

Even if that means giving up
About my current existence,

Just to refocus
And be with you,

And only you.

Here I sit,

In emotional turbulence,

Hopelessly smitten,
And longing,

For your touch,
And a forever,
With you.

It’s not supposed to work this way,

Is it?

But maybe,


It is.


© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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16 thoughts on “It’s Not Supposed To Work This Way

  1. Oh wow. I completely get this. All those preconceived ideas? Out the window. All those rules? Missing. All past lessons? Forgotten. Sometimes… love swoops in and sets everything a-kilter.

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    1. It surely does, and there’s nothing we can so to stop it! So powerful…

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  2. Just when we think we have something figured out, life throws us a curveball. 🙂 Really beautiful poem, Bill!

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    1. Thank you Brandi…I so appreciate your thoughts. And I reckon’ that it’s totally unpredictable, and once underway….unstoppable. Yes?

      Quite a powerful aspect of this human existence.

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      1. It really is. As I’ve gotten older, I’m beginning to see the beauty in the saying “Just ride the waves”. We spend so much time trying to predict and control how things are going to be today and which direction something will go in, that we lose sight of enjoying the present moment. Ride the waves and see where they take us. Not knowing what tomorrow brings and having that unpredictability can be fun. 🙂

        You’re very welcome, my friend! My pleasure always.

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      2. I so love your wise counsel… spot on my friend!!

        I hope you have a wonderful week! 😊

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      3. Thanks, Bill! I hope you have a wonderful week too! ☺️

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  3. “Now I’m left swirling
    In a turbulent tidal pool
    Of emotions.”
    You could not have expressed this better.

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    1. I so much appreciate your very kind comment. Thank you Marta!

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  4. I feel the angst and confusion and yet also joy of this. Beautiful work, Bill!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan! I’m so glad you liked it!

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