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A Certain Shade of Blue

Updated on January 2, 2014

A Certain Shade of Blue

by Laura Summerville Reed


There’s a twist in me

That glows a certain shade of blue

You twirl me like a cigarette

To fit the twist in you

Touch me to your lips

Inhale

Draw me in

But I’m not your addiction

Just a substitution

And I won’t ask because

Closed doors are a kind and courteous thing

That serve my purpose well

Nothing seems new now

For weeks and months

Except this blue funk

And what a beautiful blue funk it is

It’s packaged one way

Delivered another

And the price I pay

Is always slightly different

Than the postage marked

I’ll walk face first into your vapor

Of clove and musk and luck

Skin bare in measured breaths

But I won’t take my naked body off

To show my well kept

and folded soul

In this certain shade of blue

Until that glow behind me

completely consumes

or burns itself away

LSR 2010©

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Mark, thank you so much! ~ Laura

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Ahorseback, thank you, I'm so glad you like it. It's a chapter from my autobiography, lol. ~ Laura

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Now this is different, I like it though, some of us know well the blue........

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      haha, yes... and a twist and an occasional shout, too ;D ~ L

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      There is a certain shade of blue to you. hugs, CC

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Wayne Brown, you've got me singing "Come Ona My House" by the Nasty Tales. You like this one, heh? Thank you very much. I've had a couple of these phrases tucked in my pocket for sometime now, finally got one hand free so I could reach them, LOL! ~ Laura

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Wooo....neat! Wanna come over to my house? I got some blue stuff! LOL! I knew you would write something good cause you been takin' your time. Then again, maybe you were just tied up! It's a blue thing! WB

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      SilentReed, thank you for stopping by to read and comment, but goodness, where would we poets be without the blues sometimes? ;D

      Agaglia, so glad you like it and thank you for telling me about "Blue Eyes Crying". I went straight to it, such a lovely poem. ~ Laura

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      agaglia 7 years ago

      Great poem. I loved it. Check out my "Blue Eyes Crying" poem if you want to.

      I want to be your fan.

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      SilentReed 7 years ago from Philippines

      Dump the two-timing cheat and keep your principles. Then the blues will go away :)

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Epigramman, blues guitar is my very favorite music genre...'And what a beautiful blue funk it is...' haha! Thank you so much, as always your visits bring such a smile to my day! ;D

      AP, coming from one who writes such beautiful things, your comment means so much to me, thank you. ~ Laura

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      Awful Poet 7 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

      Beautiful~

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ..it dosen't get any more blue than this - unless you're a jazz fan - or seek the comfort of the blues (music) - but then again - you create poetic colors that only other people dream of!!!!!

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      James, thank you for the compliments and your feedback is very welcomed. I do sometimes make subtle changes to a piece after I've posted it. I have to see it breathe for a bit, so to speak, before I know if I'm completely happy with it. ~ Laura

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      James J Mills 7 years ago from Northern California

      Lalesu.... so nice, well done! Its refreshing to find creativity flourishing. Your metaphors and vision are warm and strong..... rewrite and edit, take it all beyond yourself, and this piece will fly I think. JM

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Dallas, it's so very nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by to read and for the comment and complimet, very glad you enjoyed it. ~ Laura

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Blue is a metaphor.. It is a pretty blue, it has many facets.. Great work.. Enjoyed.

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      EM, thank you so much for reading this one. I'm glad you like it and I suppose being in a bit of a 'blue funk' can have some bearing on writing style, lol. ~ Laura

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      7 years ago from East Coast Canada

      A little different than the ones I have read of yours. A nice change, and well written I might add.

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Dear Winsome, your advice is so well founded but I'd sooner believe the stars don't burn than believe I don't but they'll take the fall and not complain...that's more than I can say for me.

      Mr Bradford, I would never assume or presume to dictate how many for few addictions one should have, merely perceptive enough to realize when it is or is not me. ;D

      ~ Laura

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      Hiredpun 7 years ago from Southern California

      This is based on the assumption that one is entitled to only one addiction at a time. There are many like myself who have a penchant for addiction/s.

      For me women were the gateway drug to other less healthy or socially acceptable back travelers.

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      When fire is at ember stage there is a blue wisp that wafts wherever the wind wills--the glow at ebb, waiting for someone to stir the embers and start the fire again, but that easy glow is the one you want to prepare your meal--steady, predictable, comfortable--beware the stirring, who knows what will burn if you do.

      A luxurious breathing of you Laura =:)

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      lalesu 7 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Blake, your comments and compliments are so appreciated, always, thank you!

      Charlie, not to worry about my soul going naked, it's tightly wrapped in shiny cellophane, lol.

      Augustine, fact is still stranger than fiction, and thank you so very much.

      ~ Laura ;D

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      Augustine A Zavala 7 years ago from Texas

      "But I’m not your addiction

      Just a substitution"

      That is hard to even fathom. Beautiful...

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Well don't walk out the door with a naked soul now.

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      Blake Ford Hall 7 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      Good poetic work as usual -

      "...Draw me in

      But I’m not your addiction

      Just a substitution

      And I won’t ask because

      Closed doors are a kind and courteous thing..."

      Briliant lalesu, Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d

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