trust me

you wonder
i mean
what choice
is there
you have to wonder
if she knows
if she gets
what
she is
and if she
does have
some inkling
you wonder too
if she knows
if she really gets
what
she is going to be
and going to do
and going to mean
to so many
you see through
the practiced ego
in a
takes one to know one
way
you’d peg it
at thirty percent
real
the rest is
just
scared little girl
you get that
a heart
that big
needs extra protection
and the world
sometimes
seems designed
to dull a
glow
but
it won’t
win
you know
you don’t think
you know
without a doubt
all she is capable of
irresistible forces
and all that
she is
something
to behold
and
to hold
for as long
as you can
even if it
makes you feel
a little
selfish
but
you wonder
in those pesky
quiet moments
you wonder
if you’ll be
in the middle
of it all
or watching from
the periphery
and then you suppose
the only difference
really
will be
the size
of
your smile

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28 Responses

  1. Sid says:

    Not sure if you’ve ever read Forksplit but she basically says that “it’s dangerous to trust untested people with your fragility, even if you want more than anything to be understood by someone, anyone. Because sometimes, that awful, hungry need to be understood is exploited.”

    • Peter DeWolf says:

      What’s a Forksplit?

      One of my favourite things about writing word doodles is when people seem to read things into them that are so far away from what was going on in my mind when I wrote them.

  2. Doniree says:

    Pete, this is lovely.

  3. Dylan says:

    I really like this one.

  4. lemmonex says:

    “you see through
    the practiced ego
    in a
    takes one to know one
    way”

    We always know kindred spirits.

  5. Megan says:

    Wow. The last line took my breath away.

  6. Ben says:

    I really look forward to your posts every single day. Even your scraps are a full feast for me.

  7. Tina says:

    Your niece… Thats what this made me think of.

  8. I absolutely adore your word doodles. (I’m sort of a new reader, but happy birthday!)

  9. rhia says:

    i hate you again!!!

    I was only kidding u know… :) it’s just that everybody else is telling you they love you and your poetry and i bet you already know your effin awesome. You don’t need another die-hard fan telling you that…

  10. Renee says:

    My first impression was this is about your niece. I could be way off, but I think it is.

    This was beautiful and sweet.

  11. Matt says:

    Happy Birthday man.

  12. Tina says:

    Happy Birthday!

  13. Meghan says:

    Happy Birthday Peter, hope it’s a great one.

    Your blog doesn’t look a day over 29.

  14. steph anne says:

    Happy Birthday. I came across your blog from all the nice blogger friends you have wishing you a Happy Birthday! :)

  15. Heather Rose says:

    Okay, so Ben says you’re insanely awesome and it’s your birthday.

    Congratulations on the critically acclaimed awesomeness, and Happy Birthday. ^-^

    P.S. At first glance, your writing does indeed inspire awe. I’ll be blog stalking you now, so you know, to see just how awesome you really are. :P

  16. Shahurath says:

    Happy Birthday, Peter.

  17. Toe says:

    I knew I liked you for a reason. You’re a Scorpio just like my Hubs. That makes you even more awesome. Happy B-Day!

  18. katelin says:

    this is lovely. and happy birthday peter! :)

  19. Happy Birthday to my favourite east coaster!

    :)

  20. galaxygirl says:

    Happy Birthday Peter… Jenn reminded me.

  21. Colleen says:

    This is my favorite word doodle to date.

  22. Molly says:

    This makes me want to jump into a gigantic bowl full of banana pudding. Or something.

    My limbic system is satiated. Thank you.

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