I know I should have listened well
To the earnest bidding of friends—
When in love, you, by chance, fall
Never ever give your all
Keep something to yourself
To cushion you should you ever slip.
Yet, I thought this was a friendly jest
Simply spoken in playful mirth—
For I was taught not so long ago
When in love, let your heart go
Don’t hold back, just give your all
If need be, to bare your soul.
So when I gazed at her, a beauty divine
Stood still the hands of time—
She wove a magic I could not quell
Enchanted, I was under her spell
I knew it right then and there
Anything I’d do if only to have her.
I did what I could to worship her
Even my life, keen I was to offer—
Alas! Things were not what I hoped to be
She had her eyes fixed not on me
To someone else her heart was meant
Such misfortune I was unkindly dealt.
Now, I weep in a mire of grief
My spirit is broken, fraught with distress
Truly, I should have kept my friends’ counsel—
When in love, step back a little
Learn to keep something to yourself
To help you up should you ever slip.