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"The One"

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We've been told as little girls
"There's a man out there
for you"
But we meet them
find them less than men
find them grouchy as men
find them weak and timid men
Then we ask
"Are they really men?"
"Are there men out there?"
"Is there one for me?"
So we wait. And wait.
Wait, wait, wait, wait, WAIT.
How old are we now?
Did we really deserve a man?
Was there a man lurking
under the skin of that boy?
And we realize we may have
overlooked something, someone, somewhere
So we go for the Hope in men
go for that flicker of Potential Man
go for that Passionate Maybe-Man
go for that Dreamy, One-Day Man
go for that Lost-Cause Man
Was HE the one?
Who knows. By this point,
we've lost Woman.

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i like this. i think i am the dreamy one day man at the moment
i hope we dont lose women that would be a shame.

Soi-Disant, The Blue Roof

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"It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real,...

"It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded."--Of Human Bondage, 1915. The whole book is about coming to terms with reality and the trials and tribulations of Philip Carey. I read the book at a time in my life when I really needed it. But it's the romantic ideals vs. reality that is the deepest and most difficult to reconcile. Your poem is appreciated.

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