Heart’s Jewel

Childdelightful youthmy heart’s jewellight-bearerhope antics haphazardlaughter contagiousspreading joysparking imagination I pray that your spiritremains vibrant, andthat reality dawns gently (This poem first appeared in November 2018, as A Child Glows. I submit an edited and re-titled version here for Eugi’s Weekly prompt: jewels. Image my own.)

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Tender Hearts Fall

Here’s a boy, tenderand raw, heart exposedawkward innocenceblocking intention Here’s a man, fieryeyes, hands coarse,face leather, smokywords coaxing affection Here’s a girl, book smartheart uncertain, romancea fluttery desire, caughtbetween the two, torn The boy averts his eyesfears she’ll see the ragingin his loins, read obsessionin his longing, reject him The man takes her hand,softly traces […]

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Not All Wins Are Monetary

Gambled late in life –one more spin on love’s wheel –we got lucky You’ll need protection,ego said,and led me down pathssoaked with yesterday’s tears-annoyances nipping at progress But I am strong-willedbetter than that,I said, choosing to followa different route The roulette wheel spinsand here I sit, alonecounting my wins No amount of bargainingcan alter current […]

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Love Keeps Pace

Anfractuous connotes splintered, yet you and I,never broken, dancea circuitous routelost in personal reveriesinterlocking threadssolid as the symbolsadorning ring fingers. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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This Is How It Happens

Cherubic and reekinggrief’s pallor heavyhe comes to me Of course, he doesI am schooled in compassionseldom flinch at raw pain I attend to the woundslisten; reassurebut I am weary My own sorrow unattendedloss and betrayal an inner bleedknow I have only so much to give But he is not alone,there is anothera mere child… Cherubic […]

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Love In Aisle Nine

Lust ignores warning signalsfancies itself a savvy consumercommits minor infractions withconfidence, sidestepping anxiety. Loneliness, nearsighted, shopswithout discernment, fails torecognize that all life is transientand patience is the key to harmony. Love – the main attraction – is nota lone chauffeur, nor a self-servingcommander, feeding off helplesslydis-abled hearts bordering insanity nor is it initiated by determinationa […]

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No Idea!

Girls are lucky: just need to find the right man –looked after for life.Advice from a teenaged brother. Right! I yell back, fifty years later.It was all a vacation –raising the children on my ownlooking for God in the midst of chaospartners with wandering eyesor absent…always absent…still waiting for that “looking after” And how did […]

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Players

Love as escapadefails to gain respectWe crave commitmenthave long term dreamsbut negative encountersshatter perspectivesso we take empty riskssettle for fleeting thrills. (Image my own)

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Summer Love

Waves lap in rhythm with my heartmidnight sky bewitches, stars sing,hand-in-hand our spirits soarpulses dancing to the seductionof love’s enchantment – Tonight the ambiance possesses ustonight boundaries have no holdwe are moon-crazed innocencewarmed by mysterious stirringssand shifting beneath naked soles. (For Eugi’s Causerie Weekly challenge: bewitched. Image my own.)

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Gods and Demons

My fairy-tale-heartdreamt of an Adonisbut his countenanceoutshone my dull Found insteada Demogorgon divide my timebetween up and down Like PersephoneI negotiate demonicHades darknessenough for me. (Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson – this one edited. Image mine.)

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