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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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By Merrill Glass more by Merrill Glass

Published: Apr 2008

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.

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
Vietnam…
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.

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

    Remember the time

    Read more about repetition in poetry.
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