Two Poems - Real Ones this Time

She left her glove

She left her glove

And though its perfumed delicacy

Meant much to her;

A thing of beauty,

She’ll leave it here;

Leave it matchless,

A symbol of the love we shared.

She, perchance, throwing the other in a drawer

Among the other broken pairs,

Meaningless to her and soon forgotten,

While I, oftimes will take this one softly

In melancholic thought

And stroke its silken softness against my cheek,

And remember her.

Ah, too well.

And remember also,

She left her glove.

Number Sonnet

Eight-fifty on a cold Spring night.

My fingers for the third time

Tapping out eleven digits

In a ‘phone box on a wind-pressed corner.

A young woman in a cotton dress,

Windblown hair across her cold face,

Windblown cotton wrapped around her thighs

Cotton dress. Defeated flags flapping at her thighs.

Her pale face turned accusingly towards me.

Is her need greater than mine?

 

And I oblivious to all but these

Seven pairs of rings on an unattended line.

A sonnet of rings in an unattended room

Somewhere on the other side of town.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

This is excellent poetry. I love your style of writing and how you walk us slowly through to the end. I like poetry that makes me think and have to re-read a few times so I can come up with my idea of it's meaning. Up Awesome Beautiful and Useful.


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

Very well written.

voted up and awesome.


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Shil1978 5 years ago

Beautiful poems - thanks much for these Twilight. I've never written a single poem in my life, so you can well imagine how much I admire those who can! Well done!!


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Is this a hint of PG Wodehouse suspended in the ink of this pen Berty? I've always found that they used their gloves in a far different and more direct manner when my face was present! Nice work here Ian... you must do some keyword research with your titles, so that your talents are seen on the front pages of Google searches... and thus people are driven in hordes to your doors. Take care.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Dear Twin, thank you for that comment. For some reason, I became quite emotional when I read your appraisal. I like it when what I have written has hit the spot.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you so much, Shil. You know how much I appreciate it when you come to read, and I love your comments. I wrote this poem when I was about twenty, and have only shown it to perhaps two other people since... I looked at it the other day, and although I have never changed a word of it in those many (I mean MANY) years, it didn't need to be edited, to my mind.

I hope you agree.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

My dear Diver for Pearls, my severest critic, I just scribble. As you know, I am not adept at tinkering and keyword research... this is all a foreign language to me. I am happy to sit at the back of my cave and snarl at passersby and occasionally lick the hand that feeds me, but that is my sum total and interaction with the outside world.

Regardless, welcome back.


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Shil1978 5 years ago

I do agree!! Twi, as much as I love reading your work, I have to confess that I am often scared to comment on your hubs. They are so well written, are on such diverse subjects and sometimes written with such good grasp of the English language, I feel I really don't have much to add to them in terms of comments other than a 'thank you.'

Also, some of the other hubbers who comment on your hubs appear to know so much more than me - I can't help feeling woefully inadequate in terms of my knowledge of some of the subjects you reflect upon!!

I love the fact though that you just write without the distractions of keyword research, etc. I do much the same. I've stayed away from writing on 'commercial topics' consciously. I hope you continue to write the way you do - believe me, it is a pleasure to read the works of a gifted writer like you!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Shil, I feel embarrassed and gratified; all at the same time. You were one of the first people who read me and you were one of the first people I read on HP, and please don't denigrate your grasp of what I am rattling on about, and my "big up" my use of language; I have read your work and it is articulate, and very, very readable.

So, why have you not attempted poetry? Everyone can make an attempt... some manage, and some fail dismally, but it can be fun and if it works; then so much the better.We also seem to think along very similar tracks.

Regardless of that, I am skipping around (metaphorically, of course) like a spring lamb at you lovely comments. Please come back and read all I have put together, and please (as in my last: ‘Forty Fourty Vision’) tell me when I am not trying hard enough. My teachers were forever saying that. “He could do better”.


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Shil1978 5 years ago

Twi, I wish I could write beautiful poetry, paint, sculpt, do all those artistic things. I don't have the 'gift' to do all of that. I remember attempting poetry when I was in college - don't think I wrote anything worthwhile.

There are in fact many hubs that I've read, but have not commented upon, for the reasons mentioned above. I am totally in awe of your writing!!

I'd drop by and comment as often as I can, Twi, but I don't think I can critique your work. As I've stated before and no doubt will state again, you are notches above most hubbers here, including me! Keep writing Twi - I'd be tuned in :)


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

Now you have enticed me back with your poetry Ian. I have to admit that I am quite the stalker like my sister Ang. These well written words are a draw that speak of haunted love and beauty that perhaps only the person on the other end can experience, sending their messages of subtle romance.

Very well done, your words are exquisite and enthralling.

Blessings,

Laurie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Hi, Laurie. So you'll be there when I win the "Booker Poet of the Year" prize, yeah? I'll save you a sandwich... White or brown?

Only joking! Thanks for coming and reading. It really gives me a lot of encouragement and makes me try that little bit harder.

I have always liked writing, but never really let anybody know.


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AngRose 5 years ago

I must say I usually feel just as Shil describes above. Woefully inadequate to even begin to describe the way your work reaches me. So I will just say that I loved them, mostly the one about the glove..for some reason it touched me picturing a man gently placing his lost loves glove gently upon his face to imagine once more the gentle touch of her hand. Poignant. And as long as I know my glove remains safe in your protection, I shall be content. :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Angie, so long as you like them, that's enough for me. I sometimes feel I just want to soy, "Dats nise" or "Dats reel rubish" when I read things, but feel I am expected to write a 200 word critique.

It's fine.

And your glove? It's quite safe. I have placed it in a drawer with a little linen bag of lavender and thyme, so it will be safe and smell as lovely when you retrieve it as when you left it here.

Big hug,

Ian


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AngRose 5 years ago

I agree 100% Ian. I always feel I will offend someone if one time I leave a verbose, wonderful, eloquent comment, and the next time I say, "Great Poem Ian". They are going to think I'm lying, which isn't true. If I don't really like something I probably won't comment on it at all, rather than hurt someones feelings. Just because I don't care for something doesn't mean it's not good, it's just not my taste, so I don't comment. Anyway, thank you for taking such good care of my glove. You're too good to me sometimes Ian!

Big Hug for you and a tiny kiss on the cheek, xoxo

Angie


kkalmes 5 years ago

Ian, so much beauty in so few words, so much passion in the choosing of each word, so much pain in the words unspoken... my very favorite poet who steals my heart each time he writes!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks for introducing Laurie to my stuff. I appreciate that, my friend.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Kevin, I can't answer what you just said. It blows me away.

Thank you.


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AngRose 5 years ago

You're welcome. I couldn't help myself, everytime I talked to her I'd rave about one of your writings, and that I had a "crush" on your Hub presence...:) So she had to come check you out herself. I told you she has a jealousy problem!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Angie, go to http://ltfawkes.com/ and look on the bookshelves. Right at the bottom, on the left, is a book entitled 'Humor' ('Humour' in the UK) and open it. I think you have read it before, but this is the slightly edited version.

Enjoy.

Take Laurie along with you if you like. They allow people like that into reading rooms.


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

I love the line about "broken pairs". Really nice work.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you Linda, and welcome, Please feel free to visit again. I'm glad you like what you read,


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

I wouldn't miss it for the world Ian, after all if you feed me tho I may never leave. And I prefer brown, thank you very much.

And now off to join Ang in the book corner, but a little secret, they might let me in, but Ang will steal all the books. That's right, she borrows and never returns, and then I find them in the giveaway box. Shame on lil sisters.


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winepress 5 years ago

Twilight what Shil1978 said is true. How long have you been doing poetry?


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Laurie, I know what you mean. She leaves a trail of detritus wherever she goes, but she is so charming and grateful when you pick up after her, that it is impossible to censure her.

That's what big sisters and loving friends are for.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Winepress, I have been writing poetry, on and off, since i was at Teachers' College, and i was either too bored or there was no one to chat to in lectures, The we had to write poetry and prose as I majored in English.

I was at college when I was twenty and have been writing poetry and prose on and off since then. I have only written (to this date) eighty poems,,, and that includes the silly stuff.

So that is not a great output.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

It's 12-15 am tw so i'm brain dead but shall return refreshed.


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AngRose 5 years ago

I can't talk long, I'm picking up the detritus I left out...boy, that stuff really should be refrigerated huh? But I wanted to stop and say hello, and let you know I still care! :)

xo Tiny kiss for your cheek and a big hug!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks Angie. I started to write a brief and silly story because I know that they go down well, but I've got involved, and now it's going on and on. I just can't seem to stop lately. I blame you entirely. (Not really)

Tiny kiss gratefully received and also the big hug.

And a big hug back.


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AngRose 5 years ago

Goodness Ian...I'm getting blamed for quite a lot lately aren't I? Stealing books, detritus lying around, and now because of your writing? Well, my friend, I must say, your writing is one I'd LOVE to be able to take credit for!! :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

There is a little surprise in the pipline.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Twilight Lawns,

I appreciate when poems leave me feeling mystified. I want more and more of these from you as this poem brought me wondering about how this mystery person is. vote up and awesome and all buttons.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Healing Touch, for your kind words and your votes. It is about loss and unrequited love that, I think, the best poetry is written. When we are happy and love is in our hands and in out hearts and by our side, there is no deed for poetry or yearning. Time is on our side. But when love has eluded us, or left us for some reason, then comes the scribbling at the midnight hour.

Thank you for dropping by and wringing all that rubbish out of me. I sometimes wonder what I really think, until I have to answeer, and then it all fits into place.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

I've come back refreshed.

Never mind her glove, did she leave her phone number?

Desperation and let down etched in her face and through your words.

Excellent, both poems.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you. I see you're reading the lot. I really do appreciate that, my friend. But i think you know that already. And thanks for the comments.


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ltfawkes 5 years ago from NE Ohio

Every line's a keeper, Twilight, but these two really got me:

"And I oblivious to all but these

Seven pairs of rings on an unattended line"

Very nice. Thanks.

L.T.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks L.T. I wasn't sure if it would work in these days of the mobile phone (Cell phone), but I think it does,

Thanks for reading and also; thanks for the kind comment.


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shogan 5 years ago from New England

TL, you make me wish I could just focus on my creative writing. Alas, a family needs more than what my poetry can provide. Nice job with these...voted up.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank You Shogan. I am a selfish person, and can indulge all my little whims and fancies, but many of the poems etc, that I have posted were written long before HP.

In fact, 'She left Her Glove' over thirty years ago, and 'Number Sonnet' in those days before mobile phones, or even the Internet.

I just sit in the back of my cave, snarling at people who dare to poke their heads in to see if I'm still alive and perhaps I grunt semi-appreciatively when receiving food parcels from well wishers.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for the positive comment, Mark. I must concentrate on the Haiku form for you then, my friend.

I will see if I can find one of the very few of that form that I have written and surround it with a blaze of filched images from every Google search of "tasteful pictures" images I can drag into the capsules.


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shogan 5 years ago from New England

TL, I don't believe you've a snarl in you. In any event, here's a T-bone for your efforts!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Playful "Grr!"... (Rolls onto back to have tummy tickled)


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PR Morgan 5 years ago from Sarasota Florida

Sweet poems...good work!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you. Your comments are noted, and an open invitation is in the post for you to drop by any time.

You will be made most welcome.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

OOohhhhhhh!!!!

Great. Great. Great.

I love the imagery of the glove. One left behind, and one tossed thoughtlessly among the other broken pairs.

The ringing of the phone...desolate echoing....

Thank you.

Namaste.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Deborah, I appreciate you visit. May I never disappoint you when you visit.

Peace


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IamMaster 5 years ago from USA

Beautiful! Honestly, you are a poetic genius, well done!!!!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Oh I love comments like that. These two haven't seen the light of day for a long while. You are most welcome to return and look at my other scribblings, if you would like.

Thank you again for dropping by.

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