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Hopeless Romantic


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“Hopeless Romantic,” a curse I was marked with at inception. Birthed by parents who at fourteen fell in love instantly, it was preordained that I be branded as such.

For some it’s a lifestyle, a choice, a foolish fairytale entertained by simple-minded dreamers. For others it is truth, life wherein the vale is lifted and vision is found in the eyes of another. For me it’s been a journey, a painful path stained with bloody footprints.

As the term denotes in its introductory half, this life can be “hopeless.” Along the way I’ve stumbled into teenage love affairs that left me scarred, and summer romances that waned in winter. I’ve spent more time in solitude than next to another, I’ve shed undesired tears, and I’ve simply been alone and unwanted.

However, as the suffix suggests, it is also filled with “romance.” From the way we held hands, to the place she would always sing, her connection to color, that school sweater and the way it would cling… these were just a few of my favorite things. Poetic tirades like this were ever-present, rhyming couplets and clever metaphors danced across my mind endlessly…. And they still do.

They still do because when you’re a hopeless romantic you don’t just fall in love. You try the concept out, have your heart broken, pick up the pieces, and do it over and again. It’s masochism to the onlookers, like self-inflicted violence for the soul. It’s not. It’s not cyclical suicide the participant needs to escape from; it’s a straight and narrow path towards “The One.”

Yes The One. This mythos has existed since time immemorial; the belief that a soul can find its completion in another. That despite time and space, beyond any quantifiable data in fact, one person isn’t truly whole until they find their other. The doctrine is intriguing, but the practice is exhausting. Yet, though my faith has had its peaks and valleys, it has never once abandoned me.

In fact it’s only recently been found. I never knew my curse would actually bring me joy. It never occurred to me that this witchcraft was improperly judged. That what once brought me pain would now place me at her feet. Three blogs later, and I’m only beginning to realize how I feel. Love in my youth was an intoxicating idea, now love is just her. Scattered throughout countless posts I’ve hinted at her existence. In this epilogue I’ve expanded upon her legend. In reality I’m just a boy, in love with a girl, telling her that it’s so.


  • Anonymous

    Hey brother, great job on the writing the ‘trilogy’. Epic as Lord of the Rings! You really put yourself out there with these and I respect that greatly. I have to say it would be very difficult for me to do that and you did a great job with it.
    Keep going man!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the kind words big bro. I put a lot of effort into this “Trilogy.” I never realized when I embarked upon doing what was initially a debate piece that I would end up with this three-fold confessional. It is hard to be this open, but it is also great therapy. To be forced into being honest with myself has been good for me, and I think, good for my writing as well :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    I am straight up and down speechless at this man. THIS is your BEST! BY FAR! I’m realllllllly starting to look at this whole subject in a different light, and it’s all because of YOU Godfrey! lol Salut, Bravo, Encore. I am inspired and humbled. Very well done.

    • Anonymous

      The Love Trilogy is definitely my favorite accomplishment, and this is definitely my favorite chapter. Thanks for recognizing the amount of work I put into this, more so, thanks for seeing the heart. I love that girl, with everything I got, and it was so inspiring to find a way to put it down in words.

  • Mieka Jansen

    You’re such a talented writer. Your recollections of those sought-after moments, stirred up butterfiles in my stomach. You gave me flashbacks. That’s bonafide good shit, dude. Thank you!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Mieka :) Along with “Single” & “The Love Blog” this has been one of greatest writing exercises I’ve ever undertaken. I’m so happy you loved it, and felt something in turn.

  • Yasmine F

    Goosebumps Jonny…well said.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Yas-My-Knee Granger!!! I’m so happy I got you reading the blog again :)

  • Yasmine F

    Goosebumps Jonny…well said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    i’m literally tearing up at my desk as i read.
    i love you jon.
    cheer’s to true love & finding ‘the one’

    • Anonymous

      If this ain’t it… nothing is :)

  • Joscelyn Longo

    Your writing is always so poetic and expressive – you must feel so liberated each time you post a new piece!

    This entire series has been very touching, and I’m honestly so proud of you for being brave enough to share these revelations with us!

    • Anonymous

      I’ll tell you what…. it’s not easy, but it is definitely worth it. Honesty, never brutal, always seems to help the world spin. The appreciation I get always motivates me to write more, however, the certain smile it brings is why I did these.

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