I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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15 February 2015

14 Words for Love 2015

I've participated once again in this little exercise of writing separate 14-word pieces on love in the lead-up to Valentine's Day. Below is my collection. See others at the website. I am submitting this series to the Tuesday Platform at 'imaginary garden with real toads'


Not your death pains me
but your pain before that.
It’s my love hurts.

******

Our shipboard romance
long ago becalmed
still floats sweetly in memory
which is kind.

******

Though you leave, you stay
forever in mind and heart
which never leave you.

******

I remember your eyes
the blue-green of the sea …
I drowned in your eyes.

22/1/15


Pretty in pink,
my dear old Aunty
in her photo.
I recall her warmth.

******

My friend's voice on the phone.
At once I breathe in,
relax and smile.

******

Across miles of air and ocean
I reach to you,
grasp your virtual hand.

******

Will you ever return?
Look for me in memory,
wait for me in dream.

******

In soft morning light
your head next to mine.
Your eyes open, you smile.

28/1/15


The birthday you had
this last lifetime
arrives again.
I toast you
in coffee.

******

Last thing at night,
thoughts of you.
First thing on waking,
thoughts of you.


First thing on waking
thoughts of you,
last thing at night
thoughts of you.


*****

It’s Lughnasad here.
What a harvest I reap
from our season together,
Bright One!

4/2/15


Because your face is yours,
I find it beautiful --
or, your beauty finds me.

******

A glimpse.
Someone who looks like you.
But after all
no-one
looks  like you.

5/2/15


Between kisses
we laughed together.
That was in
another lifetime.
Now I cry alone.

******

Unrequited love
is also sad
for the one
who cannot requite,
and must hurt.

6/2/15


Old friendship long cooled —
but when we met
in last night's dream,
we kissed.

7/2/15


My Answer 
(14x2)

'What direction shall I go now?'
I ask the oracle stones
I made myself.

Scrabbling deep,
ha! — I pull out the one
on which I drew a heart.

7/2/15


Such tenderness I feel,
seeing the back of a head
that might be yours.

******

Thought I'd lost you
but memory retains all your details;
that loss is impossible.

8/2/15


A handwritten letter
sharing your day,
and I am with you
in quiet delight.

10/2/15


The smile in your eyes
when you look at me
is reflected in mine.

******

Love is also
being glad you’re gone
away from discomfort
and this trying weather.

11/2/15


Valentine’s Day. I wave
to my three old husbands
(and sundry lovers)
in Heaven.

14/2/15


The friends who hold your heart
may warm it a long time,
outlasting lovers.

15/2/15




16 comments:

  1. Oh Rosemary, what a feast of love it is in here today. I adore every one of these but some especially so - "my mind and heart which never leave you." I so know that feeling. Pulling out the heart oracle stone. Toasting the husbands and lovers......awesome! First thing on waking and sleeping. I smiled tenderly all the way through. Heart-gladdening.

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    1. And what a lovely comment, Sherry! So unstinting. :)

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  2. It does seem that it is our friends that stand with us in the end. A heartfelt and beautiful write Rosemary! :-)

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  3. Beautiful Rosemary… this touched me so deeply "Though you leave, you stay
    forever in mind and heart
    which never leave you." a love that never ends.

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  4. The entire series touches love in many delightful ways. I like how the ones I read before (the last group) fit with all the rest,. Here is my favorite:
    "Because your face is yours,
    I find it beautiful --
    or, your beauty finds me."
    I can picture Beauty reaching out ...

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  5. Ooh, I love these two:

    Between kisses
    we laughed together.
    That was in
    another lifetime.
    Now I cry alone.

    ******

    Unrequited love
    is also sad
    for the one
    who cannot requite,
    and must hurt.

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  6. These are all gems...hard to choose a favourite. Can relate to a number of them.
    Like your pictures of NR on Poets Pantry...I think the winding road from Murwillumbah to Uki is one of the best drives ever:)

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  7. So beautiful. We so need a feast of love. I am feeling a little broken at the moment. This definitely lifted my spirits.

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  8. Thanks, all, for commenting. My internet access is very limited for a few days, so please excuse my brevity.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this selection of pieces, Rosemary. Definitely something for every romantic heart.

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  10. "Across miles of air and ocean
    I reach to you,
    grasp your virtual hand."

    This is magic, Rosemary. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  11. i really luv that last one; a really encouragng series; and thank yo for stopping by 'verse'

    much love...

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  12. An awesome love beat. " memory retains all the details, that loss is impossible "... It touches me all the way. So captivating!!

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  13. Thank you for sharing this with me :)

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