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Updated on May 25, 2020


by Laura Summerville Reed

Is that a lipstick stain?

Spilled wine?

A smudge from a cloven heart

Kept tightly rolled within a sleeve?

Perhaps it’s just the tomato sandwich

We shared

As we talked of Italy

And God

And sex

And summer gardens

The blue ink of an open ended contract

So sweetly written

Upon tender flesh

Has turned red

Payment has come due

I’ll cover the debt on both accounts

Apply a bit more lipstick

Such a pretty girl when she smiles

Then have another glass of wine

Red is so good for our health

Roll up those sleeves tight now

And tuck away all the sweetness of summer

Along with the deed

To an insolvent heart

LSR 2010


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    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you so much, cfin. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      8 years ago from The World we live in

      Very interesting poetry. Beautiful and meaningful. Thank you!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Thank you, Mr Micky ~ Laura

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      Pay it in full. Great poetry!

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      AP, I'm so very glad you enjoyed it. ~ Laura

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      Awful Poet 

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

      With out a doubt I truely love this.

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      10 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      James, yes, I expect a heart can go on beating for decades so long as the proper pressure is maintained upon the cuff, haha! Thank you for saying it's a lovely poem, that means a great deal to me. ~ Laura

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      James J Mills 

      10 years ago from Northern California

      Laura..... a lovely poem. with such insight and strength I think your heart will recover, and I doubt that you have the obligation to "cover the debt on both accounts". Best, JM

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Dear Augustine, thank you so very much, and such a high price should never be demanded for such an easily renewable commodity as a smile ~ Laura ;D

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      10 years ago from Texas

      I would render a pound of my flesh to catch of view of the lip stick smile. Beautiful...

    • lalesu profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

      Wayne Brown, such and interesting take on my poem...Lady Macbeth has turned her murderous hand upon her own tortured heart...ahhh, the ambiguity of poetry mixed with the macabre of October! Thank you, kind sir, you know how much I enjoy your comments! ;D

      Dallas, it's so very nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my page, and yes, you're right, Wayne Brown has very insightful views on my poetry, (but I'll tell you a secret - he gets the crib notes, lol.), actually, I am one of Wayne Brown's biggest fans. He is a constant encouragement to my writing and a dear HP friend! I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

      Sam, thank you so much! It IS a wonderful thing when one can find another who holds similar views...especially on God and sex...and tomato sandwiches, haha! ;D

      ~ Laura

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      10 years ago from Texas

      Talked about God and sex. Wow! Two of my favorite subjects. lol. Another great job, Laura. Voted it up.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      10 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Wayne Brown hit it on the head! Thanks for sharing...

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      Wayne Brown 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Well, you can put lipstick on a hog but that don't make him "Miss America". Emotional bankruptcy has a way on showing up on the sleeve again and again. It's like that spot in the hand that Shakespeare wrote about..."Out! Out! Damn Spot! Nicely done Miss Laura, nicely done! WB


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