One or Twice

October 7, 2008
By Lili Rosenkranz BRONZE, Greenwich, Connecticut
Lili Rosenkranz BRONZE, Greenwich, Connecticut
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If you could kiss me once, would you do it twice? –
just to say what the hell, she wants it anyways

If you looked at me once, then moved your head twice –
does it mean you like the way I looked both times?

If you said hi once then saw me later in the day to say it twice –
am I growing on your mind?

Did you look at your clock once, then check it again twice –
to coax time to move along?

Will you be at my door once, or twice –
to remind me that rain is falling and you like when your hair gets wet
and matted to your forehead?

Did I fall in love once, and didn’t need to twice –
because you touched the sky with your extended index finger and
was able to trace things beyond your outstretched hand?

Tell me again once no, tell me twice –
that you can hear me coming from a distance
with my high heels on a sidewalk of sneakers and flats

And after all these years when we are both old and married
(I married only once,
and you married twice)

After all this time, and the time to come, I will only see your face once, not twice, in line for coffee and tea.

You say,
“Remember that time once?” (this is before you broke my heart)

I say
“I have not thought of you since”

“Not even once?” You inquire.

I walk away so he can’t ask twice –
and once I am out the door

I begin to cry.

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This article has 14 comments.

awsomeaugust said...
on Nov. 11 2008 at 9:15 pm
I really loved this poem... I can see why it's one of the top

It is a little confusing in places, but hey so is love right?

great work

swingin me! said...
on Nov. 11 2008 at 6:59 pm
couldnt you have fixed those stupid mistakes before you sent this in? why is it #1? it shouldnt be, it isnt even finished!

tweedle dee said...
on Nov. 11 2008 at 2:18 pm
um well it was alright it was a good idea but even with the great meaning behind it it was still pretty confusing and tangled

am said...
on Nov. 10 2008 at 1:21 pm
This poem is beautiful, just like you!

on Nov. 9 2008 at 7:38 am
This is honestly a really great poem, heck its at the top 2 right now, it has to be. At first it made me feel so happy hearing about the couple falling in love and then at the end it makes you feel so sad at the reality of love falling apart. Expecially when a love seems meant to be and one slip, one thread breaks it. I also really enjoyed the repetition in it. Your an amazing writer, never give up on your dreams.

swingin me! said...
on Nov. 8 2008 at 2:59 am
i didnt think this deserved such a high spot. what is so great about this?? you have potential, but you have a lot of mistakes to work out. this poem made no sense!

jackielu said...
on Nov. 6 2008 at 3:51 am
this is terrible.. everyone is just trying to make you feel better. it is horrible work.

on Nov. 2 2008 at 7:49 am
-i- - -l-o-v-e- - -u-r- -p-o-e-m-!!!!!!!! gosh, itz amazing. u rock!! :p

jconnn said...
on Oct. 25 2008 at 4:17 am

Jennafer said...
on Oct. 19 2008 at 4:50 pm
Beautiful, just like you!!!!!!!

on Oct. 17 2008 at 4:54 pm

Joanna said...
on Oct. 17 2008 at 2:04 pm
Phenomenol...poem!! This young lady is so talented!! This is of professional caliber!! Wonderful poem...!!

AnneNYC said...
on Oct. 17 2008 at 1:14 pm
This poem grows in my mind. I've read it again and again, and marvel at its power to capture the struggle of tugging with time and feeling- with self, and with another. Beautiful description that gets under the skin. Thank you, Lili.

Icyblue241 said...
on Oct. 17 2008 at 3:44 am
I really like this poem. I love the once, twice idea that it has. I would just recommend perfecting this idea because its a little tangled in places. Otherwise, I like it.


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