I had been worrying somewhat
about the final scene –
where to set it
and what could be the hero’s
extravagant gesture?

But then I realised
how these things end.
He just shows up.
He just shows up
and says I love you.

The bare bones of this are so simple and yet the effect it produces is hard, touching, somehow aching. I feel this poem unexpectedly as a jab in the gut. It's detached and poignant all at once, one feeling heightening the other. It makes me think about the subjectivity of our responses to poetry - how our mood on a particular day might colour our response to a poem, and change over time.

Sarah, Picador poetry editor

There Will Be No More Nonsense 'Romantic comedy' is published in There Will Be No More Nonsense by Lorraine Mariner.

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