Romance, Ballet, and Cats - First Love Poem for Valentine's Day

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Capturing Romantic Moments

A poem to recapture an old love can be difficult unless written in the moment or soon thereafter. Writing about the thoughts and feelings of those moments can be a great release—and comforting down the road when the relationship is no longer there. The following is a poem I wrote years ago that described a new and sweet relationship. Although the romance didn’t last long, I remember it without regret and with much fondness.


Have You Ever Seen the Ballet?

And in that first night

he knew that she wrote poetry

messed around on the piano

and gave up unrealized dreams of dancing.

He learned the names of her cats

and told her the colors that best suited her.

She brought him coffee

and he gave her goose bumps.

He never touched her,

at least not on purpose.

Only his arm innocently brushed hers

as she tentatively sat beside him.

All of that one evening

she couldn’t remember,

for she found herself in a fog,

lost in his voice and his laughter.


How was it that every strand of her

was tied to him—

every nerve on edge—

already taken—

short of breath,

her stomach in fluttery knots,

rejecting the food

that her lips barely tasted.

Intimidation, fear, enveloped her

as she wondered if he felt it, too.

Her eyes soft upon him,

she quelled the icy clutches

that turned her inside out

as she feared he would forget her first.

She let her breath out slowly—

evenly, relieved—

that’s how it would be,

that’s how it must be,

because though her heart might die,

his she couldn’t bear to hurt.



A Beautiful Piano Version of Swan Lake

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well you have certainly covered a lot of bases here and only great writers can do something like this - and you have done it very well and on a world class level.

Allow me to post this to my FACEBOOK page with a direct link back here so perhaps we can get you a wider and bigger audience - in the meantime please check some of my buddiess if you like: CLAIREPEEK, MCKIRDBKS, A.K.A. PROFESSOR MIKE, SUNNIE DAY, POETVIX, CARDISA, TNDERHRT 23 ........

I simply adore the classical ballet by the way and have supported the National Ballet of Canada for years seeing most of the great companies and dancers of the world - in fact I just came home from a Salvation army store where I bought a record album on vinyl because it had a Dega ballerina painting on the cover.

lake erie time 2:02pm Ontario, CANANDA - just home from a shopping trip, warm day by the lake - time for a dip into the water.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thank you so much, Epi (may I call you Epi?) That means a lot to me what you say about my poem--coming from you! Thanks for sharing that. I'm always had a fascination with ballet, ballet pictures, even ballet shoes, although I was never able to even take lessons. I also love buying vinyl records with gorgeous pics on the front. Love the sound of that scratchy record going 'round. I'll check out your buddies. Do they also write poetry? I'm glad to have met you. One of my ole grad school friends is Canadian. I love how she speaks about things. Not to stereotype--haha--but I already like that about you, too. So fresh! Thanks for the encouragement. I can see from your profile page that you have had quite a year on HP! I hope I also have a wonderful journey!


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Jonathan Janco 5 years ago from Southport, CT

I think writing about such intense feelings can be a great release as well. A great read, and I really felt part of that moment while I was reading. I love the way you captured those feelings.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thank you, Jonathan. I appreciate that. It was very intense, very real at the time, and I'm glad the poem captures that, that you could feel that. Thanks for reading!


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

When lovers part

memories are all that remain

some to cherish,others best forgotten

left to nostalgia or melancholia :)

Still I envy the man

whose memory in fondness

....you still retain


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, SilentReed, what a beautiful comment. I read on your profile how you wanted to try to be a poet. You sure sounded like a poet just now. Lovely, lovely words!

I am glad that the special feelings I felt for him came through.


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Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

Just beautiful! I was a ballet dancer for a long time. Your poem made me long for romance, put on my balletshoes and daydream about my pink outfit again. Love following your work. Voted you up Victoria:-)


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Escobana, I was always fascinated by the ballet. We couldn't afford lessons when I was a kid, and I got interested in sports and other things, anyway. But I still love the grace and beauty associated with ballet. Yes, doesn't ballet make us think of romance. I'm glad you liked my poem. I like the feelings it brings back.


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Feels so good to read these lines. I read three times and still not satisfied.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Then read it a fourth time, Binaya! haha. You always make me feel good and encouraged to write more. This poem is one of my favorites; it is oddly and hauntingly comforting to me, if that makes sense.I am revising more poems to submit. I am a fan of your poetry, too! thanks so much for reading!


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

I will surely, Victoria! After this lingering taste vanishes.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

"After this lingering taste vanishes." You surely do have a wonderful way with words!


tlmntim9 5 years ago

That special love of the past, funny how they last and last and how seldom are those thoughts surpassed.

Good work

Tim W

tlmntim9


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, they do seem to last, timntim. Thanks for your thoughts. Much appreciated.


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

I love the details at the beginning of this poem:

she wrote poetry, the piano, dreams of dancing, the names of her cats and the colors that best suited her.

The details make the poem and the emotions so real. Lovely


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

It was a real time, and I am glad that I captured it. Thanks for reading another of my poems, shea....


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is stunning!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

This poem conjures memories of the freshness and delight of long ago romances...very lovely!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Audrey. "Stunning" means a lot!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Stephanie. This poem meant a lot to me....


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poojasd7 4 years ago from India

What a lovely poem! Passion lurking under those beautiful words. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

poojasd7--That's a very nice compliment. Thank you!


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epigramman 4 years ago

.... lovely and talented Victoriaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ..... you have captured my heart with this fabulous poetic ode to three of my favorite subjects - romance, ballet and cats - I simply adore the (classical) ballet , my cats are my two best friends and romance is in the air for Epi and his muse has been responsible for many of his love poems - ain't love grand - and you're pretty grand yourself Miss Victoria not to mention - hot and talented too - lol

lake erie time 12:24pm and sending you these warm thoughts


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Epi, I love your comments! I hope your muse keeps working for ya! :-) You have an eye for your avatar now; where did you and the cat go? time for a change, I guess? Change is okay sometimes, especially if romance is in the air! Thanks for your great comments as always!


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epigramman 4 years ago

....look at this avatar closely and you will see my muse: the Swedish flag.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

epi--I wondered if that was who the eye belonged to! Good idea to keep a part of your muse close by! :-)


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Time goes by but the feelings remain in heart. Though the love was short lived its very evident that it was strong and thus so beautifully expressed here. Just loved it the way you rejoice the feelings here again and this is a good time to feel it again. Many thanks for sharing this one. I am sharing it too. Votes ++++++++++


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

dghbrh--Well said! That's very poetic. Thanks for those wonderful comments and for sharing!

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