Risky Business

Risky Business

In the world of love
I lived in a time of famine
Closed to receive
Focused only on raising a child
In years of wilderness
When nothing would grow
in barren fields
Unfed, undernourished, unwanted
Stars aligned
and the sun kissed the earth
Not once, but twice
I stared at two suitors
Tall, handsome,
he must have made a mistake
And quirky, funny,
we talked until dawn
Now I, fed and watered,
must choose
What is the risk and reward?
I will not know
Until I do
Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
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Tricia Sankey is guest host tonight at D'Verse Poets and has prompted
us with the word Risk.

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  38 comments for “Risky Business

  1. June 10, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    This is a wonderful poem. Your opening line is stunning…
    In the world of love
    I lived in a time of famine

    You did leave us hanging you know….!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      Oh than k you so much Dwight! Im happy you liked that ☺️

  2. sanaarizvi
    June 10, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Oh this is gorgeously poignant! I believe it’s always a risk when it comes to love and wading in its waters 💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      June 12, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you Sanaa. I appreciate that very much ☺️🌺💕

  3. June 10, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Really loved this Christine!!! Tough choices when you are hungry and thirst for love! Hard to choose and do your “due diligence” and believe the results and choose accordingly and even then there is always risk, right? So, it seems to me that the best thing is to always consider the question, “What’s the worst that can happen?” And Can I live and accept that?
    What is the old saying, Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all??
    Bellissimo, My Dear, Bellissimo!!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Yes you are absolutely right Chuck. I see so many people make poor choices when it comes to love. Thank you so much for your kind words ☺️🌺💕

      • June 14, 2021 at 3:38 pm

        Always a joy and pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, My Dear! Hope you have a great day!! xoxox 😘💕🎁🌹

      • Christine Bolton
        June 15, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Thanks Chuck. I’ll try ☺️🌺👍

  4. sean@bogie
    June 10, 2021 at 7:36 am

    Oh yeah, what a problem. How and when does one know the right choice was made? Who is it a choice for? A choice for the famished, a choice for the child, or if all the stars align, a choice for both. after reading this, I am engaged, I find myself wishing for the latter.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you Sean. Yes difficult choices in life sometimes particularly when it comes to love ☺️💕

  5. June 9, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    What to do? How to choose, that is a risky situation. But I would think that she knows in her guts & heart, what she wants. She is very blessed to be in a situation to have 2 good suitors, smiles.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 8:09 am

      Yes, let’s hope she made the right decision! Thanks Grace ☺️

  6. June 9, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Your verses really engaged me here, I see this as someone who had to fend for herself for a while and then was given the opportunity for romantic love again, by not one but two suitors! This would definitely lead to risk assessments, but your last two lines are perfect…20/20 is always hindsight, it really is a leap of faith in love. Then the choice to keep at it! 💝

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Tricia. Yes that is right! Thanks for a great prompt ☺️

      • June 10, 2021 at 11:05 am

        Welcome! 🌸

  7. June 9, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    To go from a barren land to meadows of plenty, it is often hard to take the right road… maybe all choices are good.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Yes I agree, there is no such thing as a bad decision. You make the decision that is right for you at the time ☺️

  8. June 9, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    So beautifully expressed, the famine and the feast, and the risk inherent in every choice. It always leaves you wondering.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Dora! ☺️💕 We always used to say the same about buses in London. You wait, wait, wait and them three would come along all at once ! 😕

  9. June 9, 2021 at 11:29 am

    A lovely write :-). I enjoyed the analogy of a love life being like famine, then suddenly the sun kissed the earth. Isn’t it always more than one suitor? Why is that? 😀

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you Sunra! ☺️💕 I think the Universe collects them and shows them to us when we are ready ☺️

  10. June 9, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Taking the risk … knowing me, I would have chosen the ‘talk all night guy.’ Your poem is pure delight!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      That’s the one I picked Helen ☺️ Thanks so much 💕☺️

  11. June 9, 2021 at 10:47 am

    I like the idea of taking a chance on love after years of self-neglect…

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      Yes Ingrid everyone should. There are many sacrifices being a single parent of young child/children and one of them is not having a meaningful relationship. So when the time comes you can be so rusty and you question your decisions. Scary thoughts! 😦

  12. June 9, 2021 at 7:43 am

    How utterly wonderful, Christine. Love is truly a risky business, as the little information you can gained while dating is so insufficient for making great decisions. You don’t know until the choice has been made.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      Oh yes Regina, that is so true. I’m so happy you enjoyed it 🥰

  13. June 9, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Why do they always come in pairs? Risky and leaves me wondering, was a choice made in the end?

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 7:48 am

      It is always that way. Yes a choice was made and over the years I always wonder if it was the right one for various reasons. The other choice still sometimes reaches out and I always wonder if that is the Universe trying to give me a message. It’s a risky business 😕

      • June 9, 2021 at 9:02 am

        Oh man, brutal. I’ve changed my mind about choices over the years. Now, I believe there are no wrong choices; just different sets of joys and challenges as a restul of each choice. Not thinking of it as right or wrong has helped me be more decisive and just enjoy the choices I’ve made. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      Yes, you are very wise. I never have regrets but at times you question yourself with “what if …” Of course you’ll never know so I agree with you, there is no right or wrong and the decision made was right at that time ☺️👍💕

  14. June 9, 2021 at 4:33 am

    It’s always a risky decision! Well said Christine

    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 7:49 am

      Thanks Sadje ☺️🌺💕

      • June 9, 2021 at 7:59 am

        You’re welcome

  15. June 9, 2021 at 3:50 am

    he must have made a mistake

    Christine, you really whet my curiosity with this one… what was his “mistake”?


    • Christine Bolton
      June 9, 2021 at 7:37 am

      Haha! I think most women think if a man is too handsome why would he have chosen them! Do men ever think that if a woman is so beautiful? She had chosen him by mistake?

      • June 9, 2021 at 8:06 am

        of course 🙂

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