The Breather

Billy Collins

Poem

Just as in the horror movies

When someone discovers that the phone calls

Are coming from inside the house


So too, I realized

That our tender overlapping

Has been taking place only inside me.


All that sweetness, the love and desire-

It's just been me dialing myself

Then following the ringing to another room


To find no one on the line,

Well,sometimes a little breathing

But more often than not, nothing.


To think that all this time-

Which would include the boat rides,

The airport embraces, and all the drinks-


It's been only me and the two telephones,

The one on the wall in the kitchen

And the extension in the darkened guest room upstairs

Main idea

The person he cares about seems to be distant and isolated. The harder he tries to get to the other to love her or show emotion towards her, the more he realizes that he is the only one trying to make the relationship work. He catches himself being the only one trying to make this relationship work. He says "all this time the boat rides, the airport embraces, and all the drinks.." They were all a joke and that it was only him trying to make it work. He is left all alone calling his self only to be left alone with his emotions.

Why did you chose this poem?

Honestly, I didn't know what poem I wanted, I didn't really know what I was looking for until Mr. Bridges helped me and showed me this poem. I started to read it and I thought what does this even mean! So I googled the poem to see what other people thought it meant and all of them said that it was a guy in a relationship and he was the only one trying, and it kind of made me think to myself that im always the only one trying in a relationship and that the other half never would.

Song

closer to you

- adelias way



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As you walk my way
Do you see my face
Sad behind a smile
Fake it for awhile
Tell me what should I do?

Can I get closer to you
Tell me the truth
Can I get an answer from you
Show me a sign
Here I stand with my heart in my hands
And all I do
To get closer to you

As I stand alone
Sinking like a stone
You can save me now
I can't live without
Tell me what should I do?

Can I get closer to you
Tell me the truth
Can I get an answer from you
Show me a sign
Here I stand with my heart in my hands
And all I do
To get closer to you

If you walked my way
Would you see my face?

Can I get closer to you
Tell me the truth
Can I get an answer from you
Show me a sign
Here I stand with my heart in my hands
And all I do
To get closer to you

To get closer to you
And all I do
To get closer to you
And all I do
To get closer to you
And all I do

adelitas way closer to you lyrics

The "connection" between the song and poem

He wants to be with this girl but he feels like he is invisible to her. He wants to make her happy, but apparently she doesn't see anything in him. Both the poem and song are wanting the girl to realize that he is trying to make it work, and that he does not wanna be the only one trying.

my poem

My lost love


My love, why are you not here?

You said you would be here with me,

Forever and always!

Where are you?

You promised you would be there,

But you left-

When i needed you the most.

Come back to me, my love,

Don't drift away-

Come back.