Tag Archives: love

The Pledge [repost]

dragon bridge knight horse snow

Icefire the dragon heard the soft clop of the horseshoes through the snow and knew a knight approached his bridge. His sensitive nose sniffed out that this was a rider from the East, one of the King’s men. Under normal circumstances, Icefire would come out from under the bridge and burn up the knight, which would indeed be a pleasure. But these were extraordinary times.

Last summer, Icefire had met a princess in the forest. Not just any princess, but the fairest maiden ever born. Instead of being afraid of him, the little princess had given him a bouquet of flowers. Icefire had fallen in love! He’d given her his pledge of honor. Anything in the world that she wanted, he would do for her.

She’d asked only one thing: please don’t kill her father’s knights when they crossed the bridge.

Hmph. It certainly went against a dragon’s nature not to set fire to a knight, but Icefire had his bouquet of dried flowers to remind him of his promise.

~*~

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Give Me Your Tomorrow

music romance roses piano

So many songs and sayings tell you to “live for today” in one way or another, but isn’t love an implicit promise of tomorrow? Today is simply the downpayment on your relationship house, which by its nature contains rooms full of tomorrows. If you’re focused only on today’s pleasures, you’re playing in an empty field and will run away when it starts to rain because there’s no structure to shelter you. The flowers you pluck from the field of today will die in your hands, leaving you with nothing. Yet ironically tomorrow never does actually arrive, does it?

I chose “If I Were A Carpenter,” written by Tim Hardin in 1967 and covered by many artists, most notably Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, to further describe this concept. Their 1970 version placed at No. 2 on the country music chart.

Save your love through loneliness
Save your love through sorrow
I gave you my onlyness
Give me your tomorrow

~*~

Image from Lovethispic.

Distant Glimmer [repost]

sunset

Under a bruised sky,
Love has passed me by.
Golden days
Streak my mind’s eye,
And I lock them away,
A distant glimmer
Lost in memory’s haze.
No need for the tease
Of hope on replay,
The false shimmer,
Illusion’s trapeze.
I’ll revel in the dark
With the burned out stars.

~*~

Written for Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo.

Image from Sue Vincent (RIP).

Poetry form: free verse.

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SLS: Breakups

Couple silhouette romance

Jim’s theme today is breakup songs, and there are so many great ones it’s hard to choose. I went with Lobo’s “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend” because it’s especially meaningful to me. I’m not into being friends with those I’ve loved and lost, and this was an issue a couple times in my life. Mostly however my lost loves simply ghosted away into nothingness, which was fine by me. The times they didn’t though… well, these lyrics are right on target.

Kent Lavoie (“Lobo”) wrote DEMTBYF for his 1972 album Of A Simple Man. It peaked at No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the US, and stayed at No. 1 for two weeks on US Easy Listening. It is a pretty song and easy to listen to… unless you’re actually paying attention to the lyrics, in which case, it’s really sad. At least, to me it is.

You always act so happy when I see you
You smile that way you take my hand and then
Introduce me to your latest lover
That’s when I feel the walls start crashing in.

I love you too much to ever start liking you
So let’s just let the story kinda end
I love you too much to ever start liking you
So don’t expect me to be your friend.

Yeah. I’m not one of those who hope that a man I once loved will find bliss with someone else. Pffft on that. He should regret messing things up with me and pine away forever for my awesomeness!

~*~
Image from Pexels.

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Blanco and Me [repost]

kitty cat girl and fawn

Every day I watched the girl.
She had a pet fawn named Blanco
And kept a brush up her long sleeves
To groom his gleaming white coat.

One day I smelled fish cooking
On smoking mesquite wood;
My instincts took over
And I crept up to the door
Where the girl and Blanco played.

I did not apologize,
But stared boldly,
My intentions exposed.
For I am a cat,
Vain and proud,
And that is what we do.

Luckily, it turned out,
She could love me too.

~*~

Poetry Prompt via Robert Peake (get yours!). Include as many of the following words (or variations on these words) as you can: forgetful, blanco, total, vanquished, physical, traced, chestnuts, apologize, exposed, persons, sleeves, instincts, vain, mesquite, razor. Also: Include a familiar smell.

Poetry form: free verse.
Image from Robert Peake.

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Meet Me in Brea [repost]

candy shop ice cream

I had so much to say
About yesterday’s pain–
Vaguely familiar names,
The streets, the café.
I walked where we talked;

“Meet me in Brea!”

Memory-dazed,
I felt the shame,
Looking for a trace
Of recognition
Or benediction
In a strange face,
A flash of a gaze.

“Meet me in Brea.”

I walked off your words,
Until the echoes
Around my brain
(“Meet me in Brea”)
Faded to gray;
Twice, thrice, past that café,
The cupcake place,
The theater…
All ceased to matter.
It was just another city.

Meetmeinbrea:
Chant the sounds,
Like a prayer.
Amen.

~*~

Poetry form: free verse.
Image is mine.

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Syzygy [repost]

Universe space

It might be a thousand years
Before the stars
Line up again like this;
One last incandescent kiss
As the light diminishes
And five million miles of dark
Ribbon out
In a long slow
Deathless march.

Eons pass;
A glacier cracks;
Again the moon
Hangs low and blue.
Did she count the waves
While I waited for you?
The tide pulls us into alignment:
Two frozen souls
Circling
Space and time.

I’ve lain with a hundred men
And felt nothing;
Yet your gaze burns my skin
From across an ocean.
Tectonic plates shake
When we touch
At last—
Mountains collapse;
The earth splits in half.

We retreat,
Our cosmology incomplete;
Resigned to the separation,
The endless analysis and division,
The rebalance and reposition,
Until equilibrium settles over the seas.
We drift once again
To opposite ends
Of this lonely galaxy.

~*~

Poetry form: free verse.
Image source unknown.

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Twilight Lover

twilight stream trees

The times between
Day and night–
Dusky dreams,
Shadowed eyes–
When the ghosts
Come out to play
That’s when I hear
You call my name.

~*~

Image from Pixabay.
Poetry form: double quatrain.
Written for Eugi’s Weekly Prompt.

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Sunday Morning Cat [repost]

gatsby cat in closet with boots

Hi, it’s me ~ Gatsby. Mommy is busy, so she said I have to answer these questions from Fandango even though I was taking a nap in the closet.

1. Do you like blue cheese? 

Sure, give me a chunk and I’ll bat it under the fridge.

2. Coke or Pepsi? 

No thanks. Water is my bev.

3. Do you own a gun? 

My claws and teeth are enough.

4. What flavor of Kool-aid? 

Gross!

5. Hot dogs? 

Dogs are dumb, whether hot or cold.

6. Favorite TV show? 

I prefer silence so I can hear any bug that needs killing.

7. Do you believe in ghosts? 

Of course. I usually chat with them around 2AM.

8. What do you drink in the morning?

Water.

9. Can you do a push-up? A single push up?

I can do lots of push-ups and all sorts of athletic maneuvers. I’m in great shape!

10. Favorite Jewelry? 

All of it. Leave it out at your peril.

11. Favorite Hobby? 

Napping.

12. Do you have ADD? 

Well, I can stay very focused on one spot for a very long time unless… BUG! String! Someone touched my tail!

13. Do you wear glasses? 

No, but I’m happy to bite yours.

14. Favorite cartoon character? 

Felix the Cat.

15. Three things you did today?

Ate a crunchy, snuggled with Mommy, went back to sleep.

16. Three drinks you drink regularly? 

Water x 3.

17. Current movies? 

Mommy saw Yesterday yesterday and loved it [on June 29, 2019].

18. Do you believe in magic? 

Kitties are magical!

19. Favorite place to be? 

At home.

20. How did you ring in the New Year?

Probably napping.

21. Travel? Where would you go? 

I don’t like to go anywhere and neither does Mommy.

22. Name five people who will most likely read this? 

Mommy, Fandango, Keera, Sadje, Jim.

23. Favorite movie? 

Silent ones.

24. Favorite color?

I don’t see colors.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?

They don’t sound cozy, but I could claw them up, which would be fun.

26. Can you whistle? 

No, but I can howl like a wolf.

27. Where are you now?

Home.

29. Favorite food? 

Chicken crunchies.

30. Least favorite chore? 

I beg your pardon. Chores are for peasants!

31. Best job you can think of? 

Professional Napper.

32. What’s in your pockets? 

You mean the big pocket under the sofa? Pens that Rawry sent. Chapstick. Empty toilet paper holders. My fluffy toys.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? 

I’m happy when Mommy plays with me.

34. Favorite animal? 

Mommy.

35. What’s your most recent injury? 

Mommy keeps me safe, so I never have any.

36. How many TV’s are in your house? 

One.

37. Worst pain ever? 

When my food bowl was 3/4 empty.

38. Do you like to dance? 

Sure! I have mad moves to my own music.

39. Are your parents still alive?

I don’t know.

40. Do you enjoy camping? 

I’m not allowed outside.

~*~

Image is mine.

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Alternative

Fantasy reading romance novel book
After a lovely romantic dinner, Zack took Zelda for a moonlit stroll on the beach and kissed her as the warm waves rolled in and tickled their bare feet.

“Marry me, Zelda!” Zack declared passionately.

“What’s my alternative?” she asked.

“Uh, a lifetime alone, doing whatever you please, fantasizing about some ridiculous perfect love that doesn’t exist with an impossibly handsome man performing heroic deeds and then seducing you into crazy, gravity-defying sex.”

Zelda gazed up at the stars. “I’ll have to think about it.”

~*~

Image from Jim Warren.
Written for Sunday’s Six Sentence Story.

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