Warning by Sharon Catley for a Yareah Green Issue

Warning by Sharon Catley for a Yareah Green Issue

Warning, a poem by Sharon Catley for a Yareah Magazine Green issue. Our next topic for June. Submissions are open during May. Enjoy your day and the reading of this amazing poem.

Warning by Sharon Catley

Nature normally includes a caveat when she creates something dangerous

(Rattlesnake tail rattles, aposematic butterfly wings, brightly colored poisonous frogs and snakes)

So you should have come with one

(Maybe tattooed in small letters behind your ear or on the inside of your lower lip

I would have found it there.)

Something similar to the one found on your cigarette packages

It could say, “Beware – Prolonged Exposure will result in Heartbreak”


Or you could have displayed a caution

Like the one on your car’s side view mirror

It could say, “Watch out – Affections are much smaller than they appear”.


Even if you had shown an expiry date like the one on your milk carton

It could say “Warning – Don’t fall in love – Relationship will expire in three months”


You should have come with an admonition of some type

Then perhaps I wouldn’t have become this desperate, bitter thing

Who sits here and writes silly poetry to exorcize you from her soul.

And it wouldn’t have taken so long for my eyes

To see you for whom you really are:

(A fickle, selfish, shallow man not worthy of my love at all)


But this heart of mine

This foolish, foolish heart of mine

Still thinks you are special, wonderful

How can a heart be so blind?


You should have come with a warning.

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My name is Sharon Catley and I live in Vancouver, Canada. I work as an IT Manager and in my spare time write songs, stories and poetry. I am status Métis (mix of First Nation and Northern European heritage) As my poetry is most often about love I have been introduced as “The Poetess of the Heart” when I perform my work locally. I have created a fun interactive program to encourage child literacy, which I present (dressed as a crazy cat lady) in schools and libraries. It features cat “litter”ature - poetry, songs and dances all about cats.

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