Sometimes it happens…

And sometimes it happens that you are friends and then
You are not friends,
And friendship has passed.
And whole days are lost and among them
A fountain empties itself.

And sometimes it happens that you are loved and then
You are not loved,
And love is past.
And whole days are lost and among them
A fountain empties itself into the grass.

And sometimes you want to speak to her and then
You do not want to speak,
Then the opportunity has passed.
Your dreams flare up, they suddenly vanish.

And also it happens that there is nowhere to go and then
There is somewhere to go,
Then you have bypassed.
And the years flare up and are gone,
Quicker than a minute.

So you have nothing.
You wonder if these things matter and then
As soon you begin to wonder if these things matter
They cease to matter,
And caring is past.
And a fountain empties itself into the grass.

by Brian Patten (b. 1946)

2 Responses to “Sometimes it happens…”

  1. Great poem. Even after just glancing at it, before I had actually read through it, two things popped into my head:

    1: Alla dessa dagar som kom och gick, inte visste jag att det var livet.

    2:

    Your day breaks, your mind aches
    You find that all her words of kindness linger on
    When she no longer needs you

    She wakes up, she makes up
    She takes her time and doesn’t feel she has to hurry
    She no longer needs you

    And in her eyes you see nothing
    No sign of love behind her tears
    Cried for no one
    A love that should have lasted years

    You want her, you need her
    And yet you don’t believe her when she says her love is dead
    You think she needs you

    And in her eyes you see nothing
    No sign of love behind the tears
    Cried for no one
    A love that should have lasted years

    You stay home, she goes out
    She says that long ago she knew someone but now he’s gone
    She doesn’t need him

    Your day breaks, your mind aches
    There will be times when all the things she said will fill your head
    You won’t forget her

    And in her eyes you see nothing
    No sign of love behind her tears
    Cried for no one
    A love that should have lasted years

    Without using any internet resources, 10 points for guessing the author of the first quotation, 0.02 points for guessing the author of the second.

  2. Without using any internet resources? Just reading the question would lead to disqualification.

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