8 thoughts on “Inbetweener (You’re hard to love)

  1. i like this poem for the multiple ironies it contains, which reflect the ‘inbetweener’ nature of the feelings of the two lovers. for instance, the poet writes that her “beating heart” is the culprit that has set up the glass wall, but she is afraid of speaking out her thoughts/feelings for fear of loneliness. this holding back, from both sides has created a glass wall. i also like the idea of a glass wall – they can see each other, they know what they (would) want, but their inability to state what they feel, or translates it into action, gets in the way. the change in the structure of the stanzas from six to eight mirrors the precipitous nature of their their desires – this wall will crash soon, but she is unsure it would be what she wants. is this the reason for ‘erecting’ the glass wall – afraid of knowing what the mixed signals might mean, delaying the inevitable. well, she will never know till that glass wall comes crashing down. brilliant poem on the insecurities engendered by indistinct declaration of feelings between lovers. thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Wow! I mean everything you said is spot on 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽. You got every feeling in there. I’m so excited someone understood my sentiments in this poem, especially about the glass wall. Your comment made my day. Thank you so much for stopping by! 😊

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    2. I enjoyed your analysis greatly. Another way to look at it is also from the perspective that the persona is a victim, if I may put it that way, of the glass wall which has been put up by the object of its affections.
      From this POV the beating heart of the persona is the culprit of shattering the glass wall, as opposed to erecting it. In that case it would appear that the subject’s glass wall makes them difficult to love, and although the persona despairs at the challenges in loving, there are signs that the efforts are beginning to have an effect.( ergo the observation of cracks from the mixed signals). This then leads into the hopefulness of the end, that one day the cracking glass will shatter, cue happy ever after.

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      1. Wonderful analysis. Yes I agree with you, the glass wall is set up by the object of the persona’s affections. Hopefully when the wall comes crashing down, it would be because the lovers have accepted each other, leading to happily ever after, and not because the persona got tired of being in a state of uncertainty! 🙃
        Thanks for your comment.

        Elsie

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