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A love poem


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I will not give away that this is a love poem.

Run it through a search engine but you will not find

a lover's vocabulary in it. You'll be puzzled,

disappointed and confused: lovelorn.


The lines are deliberate to lead you on, to raise

the hope that it is here somewhere. But, it is

like courtship where the thrill is in the chase.

The rule remains- haste makes waste.


Stare at it long. You might chance to catch a glance,

quick, elusive, intermittent. Be smitten with written

words promising bonding with page. Maybe if

the wonder remains, give me a second look.

Edited by JoelJosol

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Hi Joel, I love how this piece leads me randomly through a maze that is so like life and love itself. Not the rush and romance we associate with love poems but the grit of loving and living and being. I always am impressed with the rhythmic flow of your words and the seemingly ease with which you write.



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Thanks, Tink. Sometimes the words just come and I try to find a structure. But, sometimes the structure comes first and I struggle to find the words to put in.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Really a very clever, very resonant piece- thoroughly enjoyed the self-reflective, modernist approach to a very old theme- really a treat agree with the others a little masterpiece!


Thanks JJ!




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