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Love--or Memorex?

Updated on September 22, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

The old memories of what was love long so remain

Much longer than the heat that kindles the flame

But when something is over and we measure the effects

Sooner or later we wonder…was it love or Memorex?

Lust can be an enchanting journey never-seeming to end

It bonds are easily broken so we are careful how we bend

We grab on to the physical while the emotional we neglect

Long after we wonder…was it love or Memorex?

That first kiss will send one’s head into a wild, twisting spin

Just the moment we think where true love will begin

The tender touch of the lips causes our hearts to connect

But looking back in hindsight…was it love or Memorex?

Tender moments with red wine and flickering candle light

Has a way of wringing out the lonely from our nights

We bind ourselves together and wait for love to inject

Then later when parted, we ask…was it love or Memorex?

Divorce declares no winners; all lose regardless of gender

The sheet gets ripped; forever torn; now way to mend her

And as we grieve the losses; pay them with last respects

Deep down we wonder…was it really love or just Memorex?

Love has a way of surfacing from the darkest, deepest depth

It survives harsh words and actions; all the tears that are wept

And when it is disassembled with the most intricate of dissects

One never has to wonder….is it love or Memorex?

So take heed to wisdom; learn from those who surely know

Know love when it shows up and never allow it to just go

Be careful with your heart in matters of the opposite sex

And you’ll never have to ponder true love and Memorex.

©Copyright WBrown2013. All Rights Reserved.

19 April 2013


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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Beth37....I suppose so...after failing at it a couple or times or so, I seemed to have found the high ground and better recognize the difference. Thanks much! ~ WB

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      So did you ever figure out the answer?

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Vincent Moore....Funny, when true love came along for me it felt more like a close friendship than anything else. That is when I realized how important friendship is to the love is the glue that holds it together when things get rough. My wife taught me that one and she was right! Thanks much for the good words. ~WB

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman....Great to hear that things are okay, Colin. The old ticker can be cantankerous when it comes to scaring the bejezus out of us. The double nickel was a good year...I'd like to go back and enjoy it again myself. Thanks much for those wishes and the fine words! My best to you! ~WB

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Ah my talented friend, you hit a nerve here for sure Love or Memorex. It was my nemesis for far too long. Lust played a major part in this poets encounters with the opposite sex. I could not seem to separate the two and quite often due to that, my relationships were short lived and it all became a memory. Two failed marriages attest to that, I just never had that stick ability like crazy glue, I wish I had, but alas thus is my fate. Well written as always, tweeted, shared and FB...bravo.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Not only are you such a romantic Mr. Brown you are also what I would call a writer's writer. You can do it all and explore so many different sub subjects in your own beautiful style . Always so nice to connect with you and I look up to you as one of the finest gentlemen at the Hub.

      It was my 55th birthday yesterday and although I had a heart scare last week and a visit to the local ER all is well now and I am relatively in good shape once again. Naturally I hope the same for you and I am sending warm wishes from Colin and his cats at lake erie time canada 12:05pm

      and I left a comment back there for you on my new one.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      @Dim Flaxenwick....Thank you! My poetry ego needed a boost as I have been a bit distracted lately and not cranking out poetry. Maybe it is because I have written of everything now at least once! LOL! ~WB

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      Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

      This was a masterpiece. So well written. Your repetition of the samequestion was perfect.

      Loved it.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @shiningirisheyes....I wanted that effect to come through to set the stage for the "maybe" aspect of it all. Love is never totally certain...even in its deepest moments there are doubts of some type lurking there which must be calmed and answer lest we do something rash. Glad you liked it! Thanks much. ~WB

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am so impressed with your many levels of emotion with this one. The title is unique and highly descriptive to always striving for love rather than memorex. If your lucky enough to find love, cherish it. Outstanding and so true.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Minnetonka Twin...Thank you! I like that line a lot myself. I wanted to instill that feeling that we have all had at some point in time...How do you tell if it is Live or Memorex...right out of that old commercial. ~WB

      @bumblehub...And so they do....some of them painfully so! Thanks much! ~WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Oh what would we do without Kodak and Memorex in our lives? LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

      @Pamela99...I always said when I first began writing poetry that I would make it understandable and relateable. I find that a lot more people like poetry when it comes through that way...they find the emotion and the similarity with their own lives in it. Poetry has helped in every area of my writing...that choice of words and phrases is always important in any genre. Thanks much, Pam. ~WB

      @The Frog Prince...It's up past my ankles, Jim...LOL! Thanks much! ~WB

      @Angela Blair...Thank you....glad that you can relate, Sis. ~WB

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      What a fine piece this is and something to which we can all relate. Great work, Wayne! Best/Sis

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Lots of old Memorex laying around these days. I'm just sayin...

      The Frog

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This is such a beautiful poem and memorex or love can be quite confusing. You are such an amazing poet and your words touch me deeply as I have pondered some of my past with those very toughts. Up, awesome and shared.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. As they once said just right for those Kodak moments. I enjoyed this. Passing it on. Delightful.

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      escaran 5 years ago from Philippines

      things end, but memories last forever......

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wayne~this is a masterpiece of a poem. One of my favorite lines is, "Wringing out the lonely from our nights." The words and imagery of what love is, bring your reader with you.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @Ericdierker...Memories are hard to shed...even if you are ordered to do so! LOL! They have their own way of returning...just like a faithful dog. Glad you enjoyed it...thanks much! ~WB

      @drbj...At one point that was my wrap up on the poem but I just did not feel that it went far enough in distinguishing love so I added one more verse. Glad you liked it, Doc. Thanks much! ~WB

      @breakfastpop...I have admit that I have seen enough Memorex in my own life to recognize the real thing! Thanks, Poppy. ~WB

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Great advice, if it's love take care of it! Up and awesome.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Your beautiful next to last stanza says it all, Wayne - delicately, perfectly and exquisitely. Thank you for this treat.

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like it. I figured out a while back not to share this with my wife. I still love every woman I ever loved. I wished I just loved the memories, but it is present. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @James-wolve...Thank you very much. Love is hard to sort out...whether one remembers Memorex or not. LOL! ~WB

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Beautiful and a thought provoking poem.Nowadays things are confusing and values are changed.To distinguish love and Memorex is really hard;)

      I voted up

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      @billybuc...This is what happens when one feels the scrape of the bottom of the barrel on their fingernails, Bill. LOL! Thanks so much for those kind words. They inspire me greatly. ~WB

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Whimsical beauty in poetry. You, Sir, are a damn fine poet.