Poem: Adore – 20/08/21

Tempt the temptress, her former lucid life,
where round and about the memories
her behaviour once was rife,
and haunting her, within her sheets
is music sounding on repeat,
that jingle jangle, emotive, replete,
hanging on the edge,
fumbled footsteps on a road so steep,
into history these words shall keep.

Taunt not the woman for being dumb-
founded by the options before her,
numb, was she, her vision pure,
or so it seemed,
far less than demure.

But undertaking the melody is syncopation,
unexpected haunting dreams,
the -ah-ah-ah of off-beat rhythms,
heartbeat pounds, beating mallets,
her ribcage is the prison.

Because it was her heart that was the cause,
the prisoner, too, so wondrous yet lost,
yearning for that which should come to be,
would it ever be? Her soulmate, would she see?

Understanding there are many out there,
available to pick-her-apart,
and knowing that which would also drive,
sending her mind and pulse, alive, alive!
But it was required, really,
that her baggage be left,
at the entranceway before her path
could be walked yet,
reaching, open arm, open hand,
open palm,
for someone to love her,
and him in return.

The bittersweet madness of the executed times
would send her cursed tale
forward, centre, and front,
but care little would the true one,
the one who will decide to watch her with
widened, adoring eyes,
sweep her in his arms and enliven himself
with her wit, her truth, her character, intelligence,
and charms,
no excuses, no lies.

She does not boast, she knows truly within,
she’s worth much more than bad behaviour
expletives within!
Wipe away times of hurt,
unappreciative, taunting words,
moving forth to the future,
where she won’t ever need to call for anything,
yearning? No, hear her, watch her eyes learn.

Goodness will come to those who listen
at every turn.

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  1. I like the rhythm of the beginning of your poem, like “jingle jangle, emotive, replete.” And through the troubles in the middle, the character has strength at the end. And those last two lines are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Dave! This piece came to me in a flow, I just sat here and it ran through my mind easily, unlike some pieces as of late. I’m filled with you to read that you enjoyed this piece and connected with the way I wrote it. 🙂 Means a lot, my friend. ❤

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    2. Dear Lauren,

      Dave and I are in agreement about the last two lines:

      No, hear her, watch her eyes learn.

      Goodness will come to those who listen at every turn.

      Since I have been composing mainly rhyming poems, often with end rhymes, internal rhymes, alliterations, assonances, consonances, sibilances as well as rhythmic devices, syllabic schemes, musical patterns, and other subtle or overt features, I naturally gravitate to such features. Needless to say, I enjoyed the partial rhyming in your poem, as well as the ebb and flow of the lines, some of which seem to be quite unexpected in the resulting counterpoints and juxtapositions. Well done!

      Wishing you and Dave a productive weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!

      Yours sincerely,

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      1. Thank you, SoundEagle, for your compliments. I certainly appreciate them. You have much experience with rhyming, it sounds like, I will have to have an exploration later on. Thank you for your well wishes for a productive weekend. As my state is currently in hard lockdown due to covid, it allows for opportunities to work on creative endeavours more with the extra time we have. It is also a lovely sunny day today and have already enjoyed a brisk walk/jog in the morning. I hope you have a wonderful weekend yourself being productive and enjoying your days off too!

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  2. So beautiful and thought provoking! The last two lines were really good as well. Really well written, Lauren! Have a lovely weekend ❤


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