I Rather Not

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Great Discovery: Love?
I rather not experience romantic love
when it brings experience of the ache of a broken heart.
I just rather hold on to wishing what it feels like,
to be “completely and incandescently” smitten

~*~
instead of a heart brimming with love yet aching.
I rather not experience romantic love _
I rather spend many years not knowing of a beating heart when you
are near, instead of a crying heart wishing you away.

~*~

What is the point of wishing to feel such emotion
even if it leads to many bags of tissue?
I rather not experience romantic love
when it lose its value and wallow in heart break.

~*~
I certainly wish I could hold off my heart
for the One, not giving it to the Others
who just tear it apart bit by bit. In that case
I rather not experience romantic love.

~*~
Poetry Form: Quatern
16 line French form of 4 Quatrains
No iambic or following a set rhyme scheme
The refrain is in a different place in each stanza: Can you tell which line is my refrain here?

The idea for this poem came from the famous quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson, “’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Every time I hear this saying I feel the need to object (silently or openly), I hate feeling lost after loving and I rather just not love at all.

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