I thought you were true;
That you meant what you said.
I truly believed you……
You said you would be back.
You gave me a locket: “To remember me by”:
I gave you my heart, and everything inside.
We stood together under the maple tree:
Above us hung the question: To be or not to be?
We said our goodbyes –
You with a smile; tears were in my eyes.
You left me with a parting clasp,
And whispered gently, “I will be back.”
How did this start? A glace from your eyes
That filled me with a joyful surprise;
Each time our eyes met – it was like fire –
I lived from one visit to another.
But I was too innocent- too naïve
To notice the subtle change
In your actions, words, and eyes-
Every tender word of affection was a lie.
I never thought that you would trick me-
Thought we would ask our parents and marry-
Never thought another had taken my place-
Never thought, never imagined- never knew…..
I waited for you as the years passed by:
My tears with the seasons multiplied.
I longed for you- all the while living on a lie
I never imagined you had another girl by your side.
You sent me letters, professing love
Thinking that your words were enough
To heal the pain of our parting-
When you were gone, I felt I lost everything.
Before you went away,
You took me somewhere every pleasant day.
To the park, the flower gardens – wherever-
You told you’ll love me for ever.
The day before you departed,
You said you will never forget –
Never forget me, ever –
Little did I know our ties of love were completely severed.
Slowly the truth dawned on me,
-As your letters grew shorter and colder quickly-
That while I pined away for you,
I had been out of your mind for good.
The day that long awaited letter arrived,
I was up before the morning, with hope energized,
Hoping against hope that you would change your mind-
I returned from the mailbox with a very painful sigh.
Inside a forlorn strip of paper,
Were words which changed my love for you forever-
“You need not write to me again. Ever.
I have been wedded to another.”
Was she younger, more beautiful, more someone-from-above
Than ever I would be?
Was her parents more wealthy, the table spread more lavishly,
Than any dinners I had prepared with love?
Anguish tore my mind for weeks,
Like a lily being tormented by weeds,
While you, who had deceived me,
Was enjoying your life wildly.
So, Tom, where ever you are,
Whenever you look upon a star,
Remember, in your life, you had extinguished a light
That once for you burned very bright