The prompt was: " write a “loveless” love poem. Don’t use the word love! And avoid the flowers and rainbows. And if you’re not in the mood for love? Well, the flip-side of the love poem – the break-up poem – is another staple of the poet’s repertoire. If that’s more your speed at present, try writing one of those, but again, avoid thunder, rain, and lines beginning with a plaintive “why”? Try to write a poem that expresses the feeling of love or lovelorn-ness without the traditional trappings you associate with the subject matter."
I recently re-read 'Fault in our stars' for the I-don't-know-how-many-th time and my first reaction to this prompt was, I want to write how Gus would feel if he survived Hazel Grace instead of the other way around.
The poem is sort of pushing the boundaries set by the prompt, I know, but it was the best I could do as of now. It still needs work. If anyone has any ideas, please note me, or comment!