Old Love–One Shot Wednesday


Submitted to One Shot Wednesday: http://oneshotpoetry.blogspot.com/  Thanking my husband, David, for 20 years 1/19/91-1/19/11

Old Love

The Love that’s tinged
by Eros
is easier to write,
to live and
to imagine:
the silken touch
of water—
cool caresses in a Lake—
a kiss that tastes
of wine
and sweat.
Subtle sounds of
breath, and
pounding pulses
and images that linger
in the darkness of
a new-moon night.

But as the days grow old
and we, along with them,
diminish,
winter shadows
cannot overwhelm
enduring Love.
You probe the
memory of
a day gone by
and stroke
a shriveled hand.
Then Spring breaks through
in songs of mockingbirds.

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42 thoughts on “Old Love–One Shot Wednesday

  1. Shashi says:

    Ahh!!! the spring breaks through.. Mocking bird.. loved this one.. thanks for sharing…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
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  2. Beautiful…. sweet… I feel inspired after reading this.

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  3. Bodhirose says:

    Forgot to say congratulations to you and your husband. I wish you both happiness.

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  4. Bodhirose says:

    True love that endures through the years is very beautiful and perhaps rare. Thanks for portraying it so wonderfully, Victoria.

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  5. Jingle says:

    beautiful,
    hope that you have a lovely Thursday.

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  6. nan says:

    Happy Anniversary of a special union. Lovely, loving poem!

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  7. trisha says:

    it tasted like heaven victoria. beautiful, sweet and languid.

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  8. Kavita says:

    Always evolving, ever rekindling, never dying, never flinching – that’s love indeed! And you have put it so beautifully here, Victoria!!
    Kudos on this fine One Shot!!

    And a very happy anniversary to you and David, my friend!! May you enjoy each other’s company for a looooooooooooooong time to come…

    Cheers!!!
    🙂

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  9. booguloo says:

    Stop the presses at every dictionary publisher.. The definition for a love poem Has been replaced.

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  10. Victoria, this is just lovely. Congratulations on your 20th. Wonderful. Hugs and best wishes.

    We were married for 20 years too. Eight for me. Five for him. And seven for us. 🙂

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  11. oh, i love this… love the bit about the hand, and the mockingbirds. absolutely tender and beautiful. thanks so much for stopping by my place the other day.

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  12. signed .............bkm says:

    Lovely romantic write on lasting love…very nice…bkm

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  13. Artswebshow says:

    This is brilliant.
    And clearly a very intimate poem.
    I read in a comment above about how an enduring relationship takes work and compromise.
    My parents have been married for 33 years and my dad says exactly the same thing

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  14. poetrydiary says:

    This is such a touching poem – you are lucky to have felt this breadth and depth of love and thank you for sharing a little of it.

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  15. pamela says:

    Happy anniversary Victoria! My husband and I will be together 15 years this June. Your words say so well, how it is to be with someone you trust and love.

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  16. Natasha Head says:

    If anything…this gives me hope and the belief that love can survive and endure. Powerful, meaningful, and much appreciated. A compelling write that was much enjoyed. Bravo!

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  17. souldipper says:

    One would certainly have to have experienced seasoned love to be able to write so well about it.

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  18. Perfectly lovely…so glad I found you through One Shot 🙂

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  19. robert says:

    Love this very much.

    “You probe the
    memory of
    a day gone by
    and stroke
    a shriveled hand.”

    nice piece.

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  20. Old Ollie says:

    Well crafted – thanks for the kind words.

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  21. Love over time. Well done!

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  22. tommy 2wolvz says:

    beautiful !!!

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  23. barb says:

    Happy Anniversary! My husband and I have also endured – 44 years. This line: “Spring breaks through/in songs of mockingbirds” touches my heart. A wonderful tribute to your years together.

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  24. Hildred says:

    Lovely, – and I speak with experience of love that endures, the kind that shadows do not overcome. I wish you and your husband much happiness now and in the years to come.

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  25. connetta says:

    What a powerful poem. The emotion can’t be hidden, you said it well.

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  26. brian says:

    love that endures…there is definitely something to be said of that constant companion…wing mockingbird…nice one shot…

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