This week’s poem of the week


Anti-RomCom Pop Song

the girl that I like doesn’t like me
so I
respected her decision as an autonomous human being
and rejected the false promises fed to me
by the prevalence of stories about nerds made good who
waited around and around and around in the hope
that the girl that they liked who didn’t like them
would change her mind when the nerd found a way
to prove his love, which he would (and she would)

and so I got on with my life
and left her to get on with hers
and so I got on with my life
and left her to get on with hers
the end

the girl that I like doesn’t like me
so I
rejected the inherent chattel implications
that paint all women as not only a prize
to be won or earned but invariably heterosexual
and left her to a life of her own determination
and went on to follow my own life path
without her, allowing myself to feel
regret but not anger, not stooping to allow

my sense of regret to convince me that
romantic relationships can ever be anything else
than based on mutual feelings of attraction
which if absent should not be taken as a sign
that any kind of coercion or cajoling is
an appropriate response to the circumstances

and so I got on with my life
and left her to get on with hers

and so I got on with my life
and left her to get on with hers

the end

the end the end the end


This week’s poem was originally published in Volume 5, Issue 1 of Australian Poetry Journal. It was written in response to listening a little closer than I had before to the lyrics on The Wombats’ A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, in particular “Kill the Director”.

For more of my poems, head to the Books or Other poems and stories sections of this site.

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One comment on “This week’s poem of the week
  1. michael mantlo says:

    If you’re thinking about publishing POEM: Spaceknight as a complete work, I’d love to get a copy to present to my brother, Bill Mantlo! I believe he would thoroughly enjoy this! Thank you for your passion for ROM! –Mike Mantlo

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I'm a dad and the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird and Not Quite the Man for the Job, the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians.

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