I Might Have Loved You More

I don’t write much free verse poetry; in fact, I’m not even sure that’s what this is. Nonetheless, it’s what came out this morning. I didn’t think about it, wasn’t thinking about it, it just came. Many of my poems are born this way. I let them be what they will be; what others perceive them to be. I suppose I am the father of them. I love them deeply and they will be a part of me always. And yet, I will set them free. They will be what the world sees them to be. I held them but for a moment.

I submit this poem to Jingle’s Poetry Potluck, in hopes it will be well received.

I Might Have Loved You More


I don’t know what to say

It would be different

I suppose

if you were leaving for good reason

or of your own accord

I could possibly live with it


it were at my suggestion

But to be taken from me

By force

By someone who will not love you

Someone who will destroy you

Smiling as they silence your spirit

Smirking as they watch your flame

slowly die


I will never forget you

In fact

I may die if you go

Perhaps I will fight for you

Even though the enemy

has already won

I would rather not live

without you

I can’t even imagine you not being here

You mean too much to me

Had I known you could be taken

so easily

so swiftly

Perhaps I might have loved you more


I might have heard the songs

The ringing of your charm

Felt your strong embrace

I blame myself

I am helpless

to hold you


Dear freedom


Copyright © 2011 C. Mashburn


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  1. NotATameLion said

    Excellent. I have thought about this topic before as well. Well put. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Sherry Mashburn said

    Time for a wake up call . . .

  3. Connie said

    Hello Mr. Mashburn, I needed a reminder about true love. Thank you.

  4. Jingle said


  5. This is wonderful, Charles, and sadly, I’m afraid, too true. We are in a fragile place right now.

    • Thank you so much! Yes, it is a sad truth. This was written straight from my heart. But I trust God and know He is in charge. Good will prevail in the end.

  6. Faye said

    Been there….

  7. TheMsLvh said

    Many meanings here. Great write!

  8. Dakshi said

    I simply loved it.. 🙂

  9. Sam O-t said

    great write here! love the ending – goodbye dear freedom – enjoyed thoroughly!

  10. Tom LeMoine said

    Mr. Mashburn:
    I hear a while back that Shakey’s was shakin’ up the pizza business.
    It has been 40 years my friend.
    Still your friend,
    Tom LeMoine

    • TOM! Where the heck are you, man?! I have done searches for you for years, but–obviously–was never able to locate you. I even tried the phone book in Houston, and called the same guy three times over the span of about ten years. The last time I tried, he laughed and said he sure wished I would find you, so I’d quit calling him. I think the last time I saw you was that fateful night in Roseburg. or… was it the next morning. I can’t remember if you bailed me out or not. Anyhow, would love to talk to you and see what you been up to. By the way, look up “One Adam Twelve” on this blog. In fact, do a search for Shakey’s; There are a couple of stories on the blog about our old haunts. The search box is on the right hand side of the page all the way to the bottom on the home page.

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