Poetry in film

I love to read and write poetry, but it is even more of a pleasure when I see and hear poetry in films. This piece is from ‘YOU’, a Netflix series on love and obsession. You is based on a novel by Caroline Kepnes.

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How the hell did you end up here?

“Your life has been better since you met me, you just didn’t know how or why

You paint me a monster, someone who could hurt people

Someone who could do terrible things”

You used to wrap yourself in fairy tales like a blanket, but it was the cold you loved,

Sharp shivers as you uncovered the corpses of Bluebeard’s wives

Sweeter goosebumps as prince-charming slipped one glass-slipper over your little toes

The perfect fit

By the school-yard , real princesses floated by you on fall winds

You saw the gulf between you and the rich girls and vowed to stop believing in fairytales

But if prince-charming was real, if he could save you

You needed to be saved

From the unfairness of everything

When would he come?

The answer was a cruel shrug in a hundred fleeting moments

The sneer on Stevie Smith’s face when he called you a fat cow

Uncle Jeff’s hand squeezing your ass in the thanksgiving kitchen

The accusation in your father’s eyes when you told him what happened

From every boy masquerading as a man when you let them into your body, your heart

You learnt you didn’t have whatever magic turns a beast into a prince


You surrounded yourself with the girls you always resented, hoping to share their power

And you hated yourself and that diminished you even more

And then right when you thought you might just disappear, he saw you

And you knew somewhere deep it was too good to be true

But you let yourself be swept because he was the first strong enough to lift you

Now in his castle you understand prince-charming and blue-beard are the same man

And you don’t get a happy end unless you love both of him

Didn’t you want this? To be loved?

Didn’t you want him to crown you?

Didn’t you ask for it?

Didn’t you ask for it?

Didn’t you ask for it?

So say you can live like this

Say you love him, say thank you

Say anything but the truth

What if you can’t love him back…


What if your not the one? No!

Now is not the time to abandon principles

I have to believe love conquers all and if you love me

It’s only a matter of time

But time, is not on our side

I don’t want to think worse case

I don’t like to scour your place for evidence that’d link me to your disappearance

It’s all starting to feel a little dirty

Coz am not doing it for you, am doing it for me

And am not a selfish person

You said you believe I have a good heart somewhere

I hope you don’t mind if I take a minute to look for it…


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