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Safe Bet

We were the safe bet

The if I wasn’t married by thirty bet

But fear kicked in sooner than that

The panic gripped me sooner than that

And by twenty three we were wed

To ‘love and cherish’ and ‘I do’ was said

Spoke false vows and tied the knot

Pretending this was something it was not


Can you blame me for straying?

After the hoping and praying

The wondering of what if

Asking was this all there is?


You were the safe bet

The if I wasn’t married by thirty bet


But I grew bored of just friendship…


He was all edges and corners

No niceness or warnings

And I burnt beneath touches

Was painted again by his brushes

Became a masterpiece not a sketch

Something more than sinew and flesh

As he carved open my chest

And found the heart that was left…


You were the safe bet

The if I wasn’t married by thirty bet

We were never in love really

Never really saw more in me

Or wanted me so deeply

Or could need me so completely.

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. I love this poem. And in a way, I love the rawness of it and the pain of it. You’ve done well communicating that here.

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