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Confessions of a Romantic

Updated on April 18, 2015
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Lighting is a profound, yet subtle key

Of great importance in photography.

Facial expressions, shadows, and backlight

Can make or break, or turn day to night.


Such was the case a week ago

When lights were dim, yet apropos.

Two decades past, then and now

If I had mentioned it, you’d disavow.


We travelled from room to room that day

And I saw you then, and it was come what may.

All that was missing was the bob you wore

Perhaps in time, you will restore.


I’d missed most of the layout of those rooms,

I must confess my eyes were on you.

The walls and windows went unseen

For I was elsewhere, in another dream.


Shadows were cast late afternoon,

I seized those moments, most opportune,

And I saw another time and place that day,

You missed my smile, your eyes were away.


Now if I ask you to repeat

What I missed last week, so resplete

You’ll not think me forgetful or senile,

Looking at you was more worthwhile.


Call me a dreamer, in my own mind,

Your age has treated you more than kind.

For what matters to me is everything I see

And it makes your life so much closer to me.


Spare those flushed, now tanned cheeks

The embarrassed and giddy schoolchild techniques,

And let me smile in present pride,

As old-fashioned and coy is my guide.


For what you know and are yet to see,

Is what makes the silence, yet truth of me.

Every moment that we spend is so precious

For you are so rare and completely unpretentious.


The longer we walk, the more we will see

For life is filled with imminent beauty.

Nothing that matters ever goes smoothly,

As long as that life is meant to include me.

Northern Cardinal Pair
Northern Cardinal Pair | Source

© 2015 Deb Hirt

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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Larry! Thanks much, and glad to find another Oklahoman in the mix.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      A wonderful mix of nostalgic love and present love. I found this poem quite beautiful.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Lee! Thanks so much for reading. I like to do some poetry every once in a while.

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      Lee Cloak 

      3 years ago

      A stunning piece of poetry, very enjoyable to read, thanks for sharing, voted up, Lee

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, thanks for reading...hope that you are well. I have missed you.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Awesome poem. I love your pictures. Truly inspired.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, audrey!(neighbor) You are so welcome, even though I am still learning. You'll see more of me, for certain.

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      Audrey Selig 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Your talents are photography and poetry, aviannovice and you must have many other interests. This poem about love touched my soul, and gives a glimpse of true love. You need to write more verses for us for inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Audrey

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Faith Reaper! Good to see you again. I know we are all busy this time of year and enjoying the weather, too. Funny you should mention cardinals, as I got a few good shots of a couple today. I missed a wet cardinal from the rain yesterday, so today's ALMOST make up for that. Thanks for all the shares, especially with my birding material, as it helps to get the important things out, too. I have a few poetry things brewing, but I need to do some more avian work ASAP.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Deb,

      What a treat it is to read your brilliant poetry here! I love reading about all that is going on at Boomer Lake, but your poetry is divine and I am so blessed you are sharing your gift with us.

      That photo is stunning and makes me smile. I have a special love in my heart for Cardinals, as they were my mother's favorite song bird.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      I see I have some catching up here to do!

      I do hope you are enjoying a lovely and peaceful Sunday afternoon up on Boomer Lake.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mr. A! Sometimes I don't know what to write...I do know that I need to eventually get out some more technical works regarding birds...

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      Mr Archer 

      3 years ago from Missouri

      This was so good! I love the ebb and flow, and the sentiments behind those words. Just lovely, Deb. Loved it.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, Perspy, of course...

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The "little birdie" must have been a Maine Chickadee?

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Theresa! Glad that you liked this. Poetry strikes me upon occasion, and I have found that it can be a great venue when one has an opinion on certain matters.

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      Theresa Ast 

      3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I like it Deb. :) As I read the lines, it felt like a slow dance in my head. Drawing near, stepping away, drawing near....Lovely. Hope all is well. Theresa

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I appreciate that, Chris. Hope you like the material.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Thanks Deb, I'll check your blog out later today.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Chris. Just got back from High Island, TX, where I did a lot of photography for spring migration. Hope you get to see the shots on my blog.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Loved the poem and the cardinals. Beautiful work, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee. I'm glad that you liked it.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful poetry.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, rdsparrowriter! It is me in a nutshell.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Johan! I will sure try.

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      rdsparrowriter 

      3 years ago

      Beautifully written and it's a lovely piece :)

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      Johan Smulders 

      3 years ago from East London, South Africa

      A great poem-keep it up!

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Thanks for reading. I had a feeling the cardinal pic would be popular.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      An interesting poem and a lovely photo of the two cardinals, Deb!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Sha! I got that shot that morning, and figured that it was appropriate. The male cardinal is feeding the female a seed. It is courtship behavior.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Only the little birdie knows, perspy!

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Hope he realizes how lucky he is!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome poem, Deb. The kissing cardinals at the end is the icing on the cake!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Dave, I got that cardinal shot the day that I wrote this. It was still in the camera, but I finally got the pics processed so you could see it.

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      Dave 

      3 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Always a pleasure to visit your work. This has been no exception,beautiful words beautifully put together enhanced by the Northern Cardinals. Voted up.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, manatita! Were it not for light, things would have an entirely different meaning.

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      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      Great photography, and I especially liked the two birds. Yes, Light illumines in more ways than one. Much peace.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank YOU, Martin. I feared that you had disappeared on me. Nice to see you again.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Suhail, everything is seen through my camera's eye(lens).

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      Martin Kloess 

      3 years ago from San Francisco

      really wonderful.

      thank you

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Loved this beginning!

      "Lighting is a profound, yet subtle key

      Of great importance in photography.

      Facial expressions, shadows, and backlight

      Can make or break, or turn day to night."

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Billy! I wrote poetry before anything else as a child, so it had that chance to really stick with me.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As always, John, thanks for coming on by to read.

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, SANJAY! Thanks for reading, once again. I appreciate what you have to say.

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Nice journey through romance. The imags are beautiful and touching.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are an eclectic writer of considerable talent, Deb. It is not easy to cross over genres but you make it look easy. Beautiful work as always.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A beautiful poem Deb. Thank you for sharing.

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