I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel

So many missed opportunities 

But, that’s what I get for marrying young

And for all the wrong reasons.

Now, I’m branching out

But, times have changed since I last dated

Less compassion for a forty-something with three children.

Potential prospects wonder, what is wrong with me

What did I do?

As if I was the one who cheated…

I thought I loved her once

She was demure, but conniving and calculated 

Something that took me too many years to recognize. 

What a paradox

A plethora of choices when I was unavailable

But now,

I only hope my fingernails will eventually scrape

Something of worth 

Inspired by the word prompts,




Once, Bottom, Missed





12 thoughts on “Paradox

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  1. Taking it literally… with that attitude any decent woman should stay away! Who wants to be the “bottom of the barrel” and the scrapings? Maybe, just maybe, there IS something wrong with him!
    Poetically, I enjoyed reading it!

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  2. Taking it literally…he needs to build up his self esteem and see himself in a different light. Keep working at that, be patient and manage expectations; don’t be bitter if things don’t work out with someone, be kind to others. I believe that everyone has much to offer and will find suitable suitors if they are open to relationships.

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