Anything but love

He lurks in the shadows
watching her every move;
Confesses he loves her
Though she does not approve

He sends her gifts unwanted –
Letters and cards galore,
and only gets more distressed
if these she does ignore

She’s meant to be with him;
He’s a nice guy after all
and if she chooses not to,
he’ll call and call and call

He can’t live without her;
He says he’ll end his life
if she continues to ignore him
and declines to be his wife

When he proclaims his love,
a shadow crosses her face;
To call his actions romantic
would be an utter disgrace

Unlike what pop culture says,
she knows this is abuse;
A man who truly loved her
would respect her right to choose

© Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (14 February 2018)

***Linking with Vinay and Reema for the Wednesday Verses prompt ‘Shadow’***

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Until next time,

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  • Rachna Parmar
    15 February 2018 at 1:29 pm

    So true! Never have understood stalking or obsessive love.
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  • Reema Dsouza
    16 February 2018 at 3:53 am

    This is so true! You’ve expressed beautifully what a lot of girls undergo!
    Thanks for linking up with #WednesdayVerses
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  • CRD
    16 February 2018 at 12:45 pm

    This is really good. Perfect! And woah..Perfect rhymes too!??

    Most desi guys (me included) will be guilty of stalking, especially during our younger days. Every line in your poem actually made me cringe in disgust…I’ve been guilty of many of those things in the past.

    A must read for every desi guy… Who’s grown up on Bollywood-fed notions of romantic (and overtly melodramatic) love.

    Do drop by mine. Would love to have your feedback.


  • sudha krishnan
    16 February 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Stalking is learnt by observing stars in our movies. I guess it has become an habit over time. You have expressed the emotions so well and it awesomely rhymes.

  • Rajlakshmi
    16 February 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Fed on movies all their lives, the definition of stalker has often been blurred in our minds. I absolutely loved the way you presented this in your poem. This is so prevalent in schools and colleges, that even girls can’t differentiate if this is just a normal romantic behaviour or downright abuse.
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    16 February 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Sanch the anguish of someone being stalked is so clearly expressed here; as someone who went through it herself, I can empathise with this protagnist here. Why dont men get the message that they are no longer wanted – the relationship is over? Why do they make it an issue of control and feel the woman doesnt know what she is saying and doing? Its horrificly suffocating and scary too! Worst is when parental authority dont believe the girl; or tell her not to create a scene as this will affect her izzat!!

  • JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)
    21 February 2018 at 6:25 am

    Very true, Sanch. Our right to choose is what makes the relationship worthy. Stalking and dominance breaks it all. A must read for everyone trying to find love by force.
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