Post-weekend Poetry 105: Unlucky In Love by Salvatore Buttaci

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and fifth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci.

Unlucky In Love

The lonely spend their time behind closed doors.
Perhaps they play nostalgic songs and weep.
With hearts in disrepair, they hardly sleep. 

Consider lovers passing time. Hearts soar!
But separated? How the hours creep!
The lonely spend their time behind closed doors.
Perhaps they play nostalgic songs and weep.

To live without love, to walk the floor
and face the emptiness: a price too steep
to pay. If only love were love to keep!
The lonely spend their time behind closed doors.
Perhaps they play nostalgic songs and weep.
With hearts in disrepair, they hardly sleep.


I asked Salvatore what prompted this piece and he said…

The lonely sometimes choose to be alone, keeping love at a safe distance.

It was very touching. Thank you, Salvatore.

Sal Reads Poems.5Salvatore Buttaci is an obsessive-compulsive writer whose work has appeared widely in publications that include New York Times, U. S. A. Today, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Cats Magazine, The National Enquirer, Christian Science Monitor, A Word with You Press, and Six Sentences. He was the recipient of the $500 Cyber-wit Poetry Award in 2007. He was also one of the winners in the 2011 Franklin-Christoph Fine Writing Instrument Poetry Contest.

A former English professor at a local community college and middle-school teacher in New Jersey, he retired in 2007 to commit himself to full-time writing. In addition to fiction and poetry, he has written full-length plays for educational theaters and maintains several blog sites on the Internet. An activist against Italian American media bias, he has lectured widely on “Growing up Sicilian.”

His two flash-fiction collections 200 Shorts and Flashing My Shorts were published by All Things That Matter Press and are available in book and Kindle editions.

His new book If Roosters Don’t Crow, It Is Still Morning: Haiku and Other Poems.

He has two short e-books at for only 99 cents (c.77p) each:

Salvatore lives in West Virginia with Sharon, the love of his life.


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8 thoughts on “Post-weekend Poetry 105: Unlucky In Love by Salvatore Buttaci

  1. georgeplace2013 says:

    “Unlucky in Love” is a moving poem. I imagine most everyone can relate from some time in their own lives when love was not so kind. Sal’s work always speak to the heart (when it isn’t tickling the funny bone).


    • morgenbailey says:

      Hello, George. Thank you very much for stopping by. It’s been too long since I hosted Sal’s poetry and I’m delighted to say this is the first of five scheduled over the next few weeks.


  2. Marta Merajver Kurlat says:

    Morgen, thank you for introducing this -to me- new facet of Sal’s writing. A most poignant piece, masterfully penned as are all his works. I mean, I know he’s a poet, but this is the first poem I’ve had a chance to read. Sambpoet, my wholehearted admiration for your craft!


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