Poem: ‘Drifter’

Another day, another poem! And Happy Wednesday!

The following is an old poem I had written and published years ago in my first poetry book “How Fate’s Confusion Connects.” I edited the poem and the edited version is below.


Love never visits us—so rude.
So you sought it by being lewd.

Drifting from me and our place,
Secretly donned a second face.
The first one goes without a trace.
Unfaithfulness left me debased.
I did nothing but give you chase.

When you left me, God!—did you sneer,
Saying I was cruel; she was dear.
She’s sweet, secure; I’m insincere.
You both said my traits don’t endear.
Both of you were—oh!—very clear.

You were fading, fading, fading…
Left me waiting, waiting, waiting…

Then you came back a broken male.
Could have sent you to jail, no bail,
Crippled your assets, watch you fail.
Could have knocked your pride out like gale.
But I’ve shunned making your life hell.

On me, what’s the why that befell?
Listen to me, and let me tell.

Observing it was her instead,
Who first tempted you into bed,
The one you thought you should have wed
Now wishes, on her wall, your head.
She’s attempting to see you dead.

Karma found you, saved you at last,
Kidnapped you, ripped you apart fast.
So, you came home to me at last,
Searching for mercy, sorrow vast?
Now I can leave all in the past.

Karma screwed you; I forgive you.
You were given yours by that shrew.

It’s now your mistress, made your mess,
Changed you into a wretch, and yes,
The prodigal son did confess.
“Great,” I thought, your hair I caressed,
“It’s restitution at its best.”

I forgave her, did you know that?
I didn’t give her tit for tat.
Her career’s practically flat.
Everyone treats her like a gnat.
Her loyal lovers tell her, “Scat.”

You roamed, but karma brought you home.
Karma, thanks for bringing him home.

Teresa Sargeant is an award-winning journalist and author. She released her first collection of short stories “Inner Demons” in October 2020. She is the author of the short story ebooks “Eve the First,” “For My Sister,” and “Sammy’s Butterflies” “A Symphony of Silence” is her second poetry collection. Her latest short story “Healing” is published on Short Fiction Break.