Famous Death Poem

But You Didn't By Merrill Glass

The message behind this poem is not to wait to tell the important people in your life how you feel about them, but do it right away. You never know if you'll get the chance again.

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But You Didn't

By Merrill Glass

Remember the time you lent me your car and I dented it?
I thought you'd kill me...
But you didn't.

Remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance was
formal, and you came in jeans?
I thought you'd hate me...
But you didn't.

Remember the times I'd flirt with
other boys just to make you jealous, and
you were?
I thought you'd drop me...
But you didn't.

There were plenty of things you did to put up with me,
to keep me happy, to love me, and there are
so many things I wanted to tell
you when you returned from
But you didn't.


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Techniques this poem uses:

  • There is a strong sense of structure, which makes the poem flow. The structure gives even more strength in the ending of the poem.
    Each stanza starts by recalling a time to remember. Then the author goes on to say how she thought the other person would respond, and it ends with "but you didn't."

    Remember the time you lent me your car and I dented it?
    I thought you'd kill me...
    But you didn't.

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  • There is repetition used in this poem to create a sense of reminiscing. Each stanza starts with the same phrase.

    Remember the time

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Has this poem touched you? Share your story!
  • by Maseno
  • 6 months ago

One of the best poem i have ever seen. #DEEPRESPECT

  • 7 months ago

When art touches you...........the most beautiful poem written in the most beautiful way possible.......made me cry

  • by Belinda Blanco
  • 1 year ago

Such a beautiful and true poem - I loved reading it!

  • by Hannahm106.5
  • 1 year ago

I just love this poem! It tells the life story of how 2 people fall in love and when one of them goes off to Vietnam (probably a war) he dies and the girl decides to share about it when she writes this poem. Thank you.

  • by Layla Deder
  • 1 year ago

I love this poem.
Thank you ever so much.

  • by Clare Toombs, Texas
  • 1 year ago

I love your poem, I am just like you in your poem. I miss my grandfather so much and your poem almost made cry. It was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your hard work on this poem.

  • by Lesley Ls Lefa, South Africa
  • 2 years ago

You got me crying, this just remind me of me and this girl I love, she may be gone but I still feel her presence....loved her, nah actually I love her. Big up...I'm touched but hurt by your way of writing.

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