The Friday Poem: ‘They called it love’ by Michael Gould

New verse by Canadian New Zealand writer Michael Gould.


They called it love


I saw the man I thought I loved

three times in two days, but

after that we didn’t have much to say

we kissed, though our eyes didn’t meet

and smiled, but a sense of denial

was already spelling defeat.


Was that kiss a kiss-off?

Was there a wrong move at the wrong time, or

was he ultimately never meant to be mine?


Several weeks later I saw the man I thought I loved

again – man, one-night stands are a pain –

and while his slap-happy smile seemed to slip

from his face, then hang in space

I passed by.


Michael Gould, 2017

The Spinoff Review of Books is brought to you by Unity Books.

The Spinoff is made possible by the generous support of the following organisations.
Please help us by supporting them.