Never Kissed

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We made our bed in surroundings, splendid  

Of a wondrous architecture fashioned. 

Our joys were the joists and the beams our dreams;  

From fantasy thus was our castle raised 

Where often the sun-splashed halls we walked

To hear the fountain's music as we kissed. 

 

Oft we met in sweet rendezvous of bliss.  

Chairs, kitchen counters and tables all rocked 

Beneath us as our sweating bodies raged 

And we played out every sensual dream, 

Expending on each other our passions 

In every pose we tried, indeed we did.  

 

Perfection was embodied in our kiss. 

Whenever our feverish lips were locked 

The temperature of the room was raised. 

Our life was idyllic within our dreams,  

As our lovemaking grew more impassioned 

Until, as all dreams must be, ours ended.   

 

Unsustainable is the pretended.  

One cannot forever stay in Play-land.  

Dream castles must fall without their dreams;  

Imagined love without its fantasies fade.   

We found the road to fantasy blocked

By the truth that we never touched and never kissed.  


Castles fashioned of dreams are perilously raised.  

Far the fall to earth from imagined towers of bliss,  

Yet beyond regret these passions:   

Priceless the memory of the kiss within the dream.   



We are all seeking.  We all have a place of emptiness inside.  Theories about the universal feelings of emptiness range from the psychoanalytical to the spiritual.  On the one hand is the idea that these feelings stem from never having recovered from our exit from the womb.  On the other hand is the idea that we begin as part of the universal and separate ourselves to be and experience being; yet being creates disorientation in our spirit since it is accustomed to oneness.  Somewhere in between is the vague and seemingly harmless idea that maybe one is in the wrong job, wrong relationship, location, etc.  

There are many things we turn to in order to fill ourselves up when we feel empty.  Sometimes we seek external validation in the form of praise or victory - (Getting nice comments on your poem published online, or winning at the poetry contest, for a couple of examples).  We might eat or drink excessively to fill ourselves up, or spend excessively to make assuage our emptiness with a false feeling of abundance.  In the workplace we may try to prove that we are better than our coworkers.  At some point in our lives, many of us seek to prove our desirability by attracting a partner, because we think the intimacy and pleasant physical sensations of a relationship will fill us up. 

It is possible to want something so much that a person imagines they actually have it.  They build a fantasy love without physical substance but as charged with emotion as the real thing.  Falling out of one’s imaginary castle in the cloud can be just as dangerous as falling out of a real castle.  In the case of fantasy love, one can end up as bereft as any victim of lost love even though they never even shared as much as a kiss with the person they think they love.   

Yet the answer to the memory of lost love, be it real or fantasy, is the same as the answer to all memories.  May all your memories be worth cherishing, but those memories that cause sadness act as an anchor, connecting you to a past you no longer need.  Let time ease them into forgetfulness.  

Cut the chain.   




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mistifields 4 years ago

Most awesome hub I have ever read. Truely beautiful. You can help many people with this one.


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you. I hope so. :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I was waiting to read something beautiful like this one.


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Vinaya!


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Awesome. Great piece of work my Friend. Voted Up straightway.

Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Kamalesh!! Thank you for reading.


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

Now this is what I call some erotic fantasy. I know I wouldn't want to wake up to early from this one, if so I'm sure I would be sweating and my tongue hanging out:-) I think it's time to go move some furniture and decorate a little, nah better still, pull myself out of bed that's soaking with sweat and head to a cold shower. Rated Up and HOT, oops NO HOT button, they should ad one for fantasies like this one. Well done my poetic friend.


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Saddlerider. I think the HOT button is a great idea! Thanks again!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, What can i say except this is beautiful and your artistry is spectacular. The poetry and the picture formed the perfect fantasy that we all encounter sometime in our dreams...


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is a dream from which I would regret to awaken. The words tell of not just a dream or fantasy, but what it feels like in the real. Beautifully done, Tom!


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Ruby. I'm glad you like it. :)

Ah, Genna, it is the waking that is the hard part. Thank you!


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Jerilee Wei 4 years ago from United States

Very moving and loved the original art!


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Frieda Babbley 4 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Inspiring poem set to a lovely piece of artwork. That commentary of yours really got me thinking...


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Jerilee and Frieda! A castle in the clouds is much easier to create than pie in the sky :) Yes, indeed, emotions are a funny thing. Can't always tell what they are about.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

This is brilliant Tom and do you mind if I link it to my hub 'Move on freely!!'

I vote up up and away and bookmark as one of my favourites.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eiddwen.


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Absolutely link up, Eiddwen. That's a big compliment. Thank you.


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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

Very cool, Tom! I love the audio of your poem; that was very clever!!


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Robin! They say a poem attains a whole new life when it is read aloud.

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