Saturday, April 2, 2011


"Hello, how are you?
Good to see you again.
How’s the family doing?
See you’ve made new friends."
"Yeah, I’m fine, not much new
since you and I last spoke."
We chat politely, hold that line--
even share a joke.

Just below the surface
feel that subtle undertow,
cannot change our current course
set so long ago.
So we chat politely,
and only dip our toe…
ignore the undercurrent,
then we turn and go.

©Copyright  Ginny Brannan June 2010
Internet Photo "Holding Hands" India
Shared One Stop Poetry One Shot Wednesday Week 45 45

Posted at d'Verse Poets Pub, Poetics "Undercurrents." It's been shared once before, but with a poem sharing the same title as the prompt, I couldn't resist sharing again!


  1. Oh Ginny, this is a good one, and the picture with it very well chosen.

  2. i hate when so much goes unsaid just below the surface. it's quite maddening to me, and i felt that as i read :)

  3. mmm...that unsaid current can be quite strong...and when you least expect it to will slip you away...

  4. hmmm touch and go without much commitment..but that is how life treats us. It does not commit to anything, so why should we!
    I enjoyed reading your piece :)

  5. I think we can all relate to those things that go unsaid.

  6. How often we find outselves in this very situation! You have written about this so well, great write.

  7. Nice! So often we let the undercurrent carry forth, rather than swimming strongly to the shore.

  8. Hmmm... like reading between the lines.

  9. I can certainly relate! Wonderful poem =) Love the nuance.

  10. Oh, very true! I can relate too! :)

  11. Very nice! it is a poem readers can relate too and well told. K.

  12. Oh Ginny - don't you hate it when that happens? Well done!

  13. wow now this is a flash back...ha...i was like i think i read this before...and guess what i had...smiles....thanks...

  14. Yep, I can totally relate to this so much so that I can safely say I love this poem!

  15. maybe better to ignore these undercurrents..otherwise you get into dangerous waters and it just sweeps you off your feet... thanks for all the shout-outs on twitter ginny...humbled..

  16. whew, so many relationships are like this. I guess it is better to be courtesy than not.


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