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Love is Killing Me!

Updated on January 14, 2014

I wish you wouldn't.

It doesn't become you.

Taunting, teasing, pleading.

I've given in the hour

all I have to give

Isn't it enough?

Please, maybe later

give me some reprieve.

Let me catch my breath

just a little rest.

Your breath hovers

about my neck.

soft kisses

nudging for response.

Leaning into me

pressing.

Awaking me for more.

So this is love?

Perpetual want

An endless seeking.

An empty cup

in want of filling.

O.K. - get your ball,

I'll take you for a walk!



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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Wow arb, I read the whole thing thinking you were speaking of a lover and the last line made me laugh. Well done my friend!

      Voted Up!

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      miss_jkim 4 years ago

      Love it! I have a dog that is exactly the same way. This really spoke to me and made me smile.

      Voted up

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      LOL..Love it!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      curiad! Just got back from walking him. A 4 year old boxer with the energy of the energizer bunny, Glad you liked it. Playing gottcha today!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi miss_jkim. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. That I help anyone find a smile brings blessing to my day!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi Brei! Haven't been over to your site in awhile. Need to do that. Thanks for the visit and the post! God Bless.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Oh this was Fun...didn't see that Ending Coming...Hate to say what I was thinking...But in the End, I was Smiling. Well done! Now go Fetch the Ball!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi b. You weren't suppose to see it coming! Just got back from fetch and now my wife is sending me out to fetch. Anytime I make you smile, its a good day!

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Oh, that was a great twist. Up and across the board!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hey will! thanks a bunch! BTW can you email me from my hub page - have something for you and yours isn't listed

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A nice twist at the end, loved it.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      thanks tobusiness, nice seeing you again and thanks for the post!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      good one

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      empire mike 4 years ago from empire, colorado

      thanks for the well needed laugh! that really hit the spot.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      mhatter, you or I will have to get serious about our poetry soon! Thaks for the visit.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello brother mike, That, I made you laugh, does indeed, give evidence of mend! Thanks for coming by my friend. Speak to you soon.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Giggle! Oh how adorable and a relief! Had me concerned there for a bit! Now I'm thinking - maybe I need a dog! :-) Don't suppose yours has any offspring needing a home?

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Good morning Nellieanna. Actually, I find it surprising, come to think about it, that you don't have a dog. Out in nowhere, by yourself, I would think it great company. They do bring imposition, but, their loyalty and companionship is marvelous. Sometimes, I prefer talking to him above people. He's such a good listener.

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      Gerg 4 years ago from California

      I'm sensing a theme here with your surprise endings, arb! Fun, and funny ...

      Best,

      G

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Wonderfully composed, you had my tongue hanging out in suspense until you threw in the ball. Well done, now I don't have to take a cold shower. I will go for a run with Rover though to get out of the dawg house. LOL

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks gerg! It takes so little work to play and I've little time for real work lately. Love surprises!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks vincent! Didn't mean to disappoint! O.K. of course I did! Don't you hate being predictable! I was sitting here thinking I should write something,anything and my dog decided to do it for me.

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      Gerg 4 years ago from California

      You do realize, I'm going to have play with that idea now - I love movies and books with surprise endings...

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Gerg, You have already started - your playing with the idea! Quick learner.

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      Poetic Fool 4 years ago

      Wonderful, loved it! This rings so true for me too! An awesome, funny and entertaining write.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Now, arb, is that any way to treat your wife? Heh, heh. Very clever, m'dear.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Another great poem with an unexpected twist. :)

      Alright, you can credit your dog and of course, there is your own creativity and brilliance. And yes, you may have done this before in many other poems.... But lets push all that reasonable evidence aside. Now, I know you never wanted to see this word again, but...

      "Perpetual want, an endless seeking, an empty cup in want of filling; O.K.get your ball, I'll take you for a walk."

      Now those words are the spirit, if not the letter of a paraprosdokian, if I ever saw one. I know you hate it, but I am laughing uproariously, both at your poem and at my realization that these "twists" w talk about often fall into that pattern. :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      poetic fool, thanks so much for the visit and the gracious comment

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      drbj, funny you should mention that, it was an almost. Thanks for dropping by.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Theresa, if I recall, I said I would continue doing it, even if I couldn't spell, pronounce or describe it. It is a good example and I do employ it often. Wish there was a better word for it. It. "It" is a good word. I like "it".

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      You recall correctly, of course, and so do I. I just thought it very funny that I should stumble across it in your writing, because I usually confine myself to older posts when I first start reading someone's work. "It" is an eminently serviceable word. :)

      Your poem has made me consider something else. The possibly of "pet humor." But I am looking at my cats and try as I might, nothing remotely clever or funny comes to mind. :) Mildly amusing may be more my style. :)

      Have a wonderful evening. :) Theresa

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      cats are selective and independent. They select what they want, when they want it and who they want it from. I think thats halarious! There is a hub there. go for it.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Theresa, did you receive my email?

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Yes, I did Alan. I just opened it. My daughter-in-law just walked in the door to spend the night here so she will be closer to her doctors. She has MS and has two or three routine appts scheduled for tomorrow. I happen to be much closer to the doctors than their apartment. Once we visit and I get her settled, I will respond.

      Initial reaction - Wow! I imagined a handful of people. This is a major endeavor. Which is good, but I am going to have to wrap my head around it. :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Talk to you soon

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sent you a length email attachment. It goes without saying (so then why do we say it) please ignore everything that is not helpful or off track. You have the overview and I am sure you will find ways to work out all the tails and logistics. Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Tails was supposed to be details. :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      I sure hope so!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks theresa!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      This was fun arb! Really enjoyed all of it!

      Sometimes love becomes a rope in the neck and us tied to it lol

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Rahul, Thanks for the read my friend. You are right.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Great job. You really led us on but in the end you were still right! How creative you are. Voted up, funny and awesome.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      tillsotitan, thanks for the read and the gracious comment. My dog says he did all the work and I GET ALL THE CREDIT!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Mornin', Alan. I'm enjoying all your comments here! Your sneaky humor gets good reactions!

      At last, my ISP (AT&T Uverse) is back! They are SO good about coming and finding a problem and getting it fixed. This was just a short in the dedicated phone line for the service. But since my TV, land phone & Internet (so indirectly, all the internally wireless stuff, -such as printer, except for copying-, in the house!) are all on it, all I had was my cell phone. Made me wish I had it set up better, at least, to be able to contact folks and let you know why I haven't been responsive to anything.

      I think you visualize me out on the ranch - "out in nowhere"? No, I live right in the city of Dallas. The ranch is 500 miles away from here. I've a pretty big back yard here, but not fenced in. I'm a pet lover, but have only ever owned one dog, a beautiful collie. At one time my ex raised hunting dogs to sell, and I cared for them but they weren't pets. Dad used shepherd dogs at the ranch when I was young, but I wasn't allowed to 'spoil' them. Mother loved all animals, except dogs - having been viciously attacked as a child. I've had many cats and of the last two George & I had (brother and sister) - George called Toulouse, the male his "dog" because of the cat's personality. haha. They lived 17 years and went everywhere with us except England. They were house cats. I love labradors and other big dogs. But have thought of having a Bichon Frisé. My favorite modern novelist, Barbara Taylor Bradford, always has a Bichon in her books and I've met one in real life and loved it. They're fussy looking, odorless and fun, but not at all stickup, picky or prissy. Good dogs and would be happy indoors. I'd prefer having a pet inside when I am. Why else have one? I almost got one once.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I meant 'not at all stuck-up'. Sheesh.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi nellieanna! Your right, I pictured you pruning cactus and shooing away snakes. I'm glad you are in Dallas. I was sending you an email again today, because I was just beginning to become concerned. It isn't like you to let things pile up, not when you can be filing them. I have a rat terrier that refuses to die and a cat who also refuses to die and has tried to end my retirement a year ago with vet charges. My boxer is my side kick and companion. He's 4 and 1/2. Anyway, I will talk more when you get to my emails. I've missed you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I've done that cactus/snake thing. George and I spent about half our years at the ranch for about 14 years. We built the cabin ourselves and managed everything & there that is EVERYthing. Lots of good memories. It's not a place for me alone, though. In fact it became too risky for George to be there, so remote from medical help, which was proven the last time we were there, though he wanted to go back many times. There are just no things people in towns and cities take for granted and it's 100 miles to any of those things. But it's beautiful in its own very pristine, beautiful way.

      I guess vet charges are a big issue. Our cats were so healthy, though; - we were getting concerned they'd outlive us & be homeless orphans. They might have if we hadn't taken them to a motel where they encountered something toxic when we were away visiting the folks we were there to see. Normally we always had our RV when we were 'on the road' and they had all their own things. That time was an unscheduled stop back from the ranch (we started from one of our RVs we kept permanently in Del Rio and drove non-stop to Dallas, normally - only a 400 mile trip. So unusually they left home in Dallas and arrived at home at the ranch or vice-versa or else they had their RV home for whatever the duration of our trips. When we went to England they stayed in the house here and we had a 'critter sitter' come in every day and care for them. They weren't speaking to us when we got back a month later, but they were healthy and ok. ;-)

      They were no trouble at all. Great travelers, fun to have around. The only vet bills were their initial 'fixings' & their annual shots & checkups. The vet always asked what we were feeding them! haha - They did get excellent diet. Their five years before the ranch experience began, I made their food from scratch. Then it was a little more difficult, so had to use commercial products, but supplemented so it was optimally nutritious. Saved on vet bills the same way my own diet saves on medical bills. I'm a relaxed health nut. haha - Well, have to eat something - might as well be yummy healthy stuff. :-)

      I've missed you too but there's always the silent communication!

      :-) I'll be checking emails momentarily!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      I already presumed you were a healthy eater. It feeds you mind and your imagination. That doesn't come from a big mac! Your explanation of the remoteness and access to medical restricts many choices i make today. Even being in my beloved mountains for a week is a risk. We generally stay where medi vac can get too. Sounds crazy, but, our age dictates new considerations.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This was great! You got me with the last line. It was not what I was expecting, but is so true! I love this! Voted up! Have a great day! :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I have to say 'hello, neighbor' to sgbrown! - In southern Oklahoma, you can't be too far from where I am in Dallas!

      Yes Alan, it is a serious consideration. Nothing crazy about being realistic.

      George had a heart attack in 2001, shortly before 9/11, in fact, in which he did die for a moment. It damaged his short term memory & slowed him down considerably, though one stent fixed it. We were here in Dallas working out at the local gym when it happened. Luckily - they knew what to do and we were not far from a hospital, where his life was saved.

      In 2004 though, we'd made a trip back from the ranch, intending to do a turnaround back down there after tending to some doctor appointments and other business here in Dallas. But we didn't make it back. His heart rate went up so dangerously high and erratically that he was hospitalized and ended up having an ablation - in lieu of a pacemaker for the atrial fibrillation/flutter. He was 82 then. That was the last time he and I ever went to the ranch and I've only been back once. If the timing for his fibrillation had been just a little sooner, he wouldn't have made it and lasted four more years, actually doing pretty well, but not well enough to risk it. The only possible help down there, if any, would have been too late. I suppose with GPS, it might be a little easier for a copter to find the place, but it would still be a lengthy trip to any medical facility of any stature. And I think of our family beg down there for months on end in the early days! There were some moments then, in fact!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Sometimes I hate spell check - it made 'being' into 'beg'. Grrrr.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      A question leading to such choices would be a worthwhile addition to our project.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks so much sgbrown, Then my intent proved worthwhile. Surprise parties are such fun, don't you think?

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, those choices fit the theme well - but the answers are personal and depend on many related factors.

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      CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

      A boxer!!! This poem was about a boxer!?! My heart started racing and my eyes began to dialate on account of a drooling boxer!?!

      In all honesty, I'm a little surprised that more love songs and poems are not dedicated to boxers. :0)

      We had a lovely boxer...a 100 pound mama's boy. He was so much fun. I often said that boxer's "Are a party waiting to happen". He was probably the best dog I ever owned or would ever want to own. They just don't get any better than that.

      Loved your steamy ode to boxers, Alan,...you really got me in the end. I'll be reading your last lines first from now on...you clever ol' fox. :0)

      Best wishes, behave, and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

      P.S. Voted up and away!!!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hey Guy! Yea, boxer people are indeed smiten. Both my girls have boxers too. Everything will be o.k. in the end, and if its not, then its not the end. My new favorite quote from, exotic hotel marigold.

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      shehzter 4 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      "Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe, we are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." Roger Caras

      Love your poem, Love your dog :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      shehzter, thank for reading. I wholeheartedly, agree with you. thanks.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great twist! I love it! Great picture, too. Well done. Many votes!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks Victoria. Delighted to get you to laugh!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      arb,

      So delightfully funny. I was not expecting the ending to be walking your dog. Thanks for the laugh.

      Bobbi

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks purvisBobbi44! Why do we like to be surprised so much? I guess life is too often so predictable. When it throws us for a loop, we can't help but laugh at it.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great humor with this. Reminded me a bit of what I recall of Ogden Nash somehow. Up all the way!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks neighbor, reminds a bit of him too!

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      shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

      it was a funny and interesting read

      love the ending

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thank you shalini, for reading, for the comment and for the follow.

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      Lol awwww I never saw it coming :P

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      I have missed you P! One so much in love see's love in everything. My humor must have left you disappointed!

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      shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

      it was entirely my pleasure sir!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Awww--you made me chuckle sir!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I know I've read your poem before but didn't comment on it last time. Enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hahaha arf, I mean, arb! What a big surprise twist at the end! Whew, your dog really got lots of pumping energy. I really enjoyed this poem and I still continue to laugh. Awesome and funny! Love to share this. :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi Audrey, a chuckle a day, keeps the blues away!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi susan, being a dog owner/lover, I know you understand!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thank you coffeeegginmyrice. Thanks for coming by and I'm glad I could make you laugh a little.

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      azure_sky 4 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      Lol...Oh!! It has been so long since I have visited your hubs, arb....but today, I needed a few laughs, and this is the first one that popped up, and guess what? I am still rolling on the floor!!! I was thinking...What?? A man complaining about soft kisses and breaths on his neck??? You got me good!!! Thanks so much for the laughs!!! P.S.... Kudos to you, your wife and dog :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello Azure sky! It has been a while, but, I am delighted at your resurgence and I am happy to have made you laugh. My dog is sitting here with a ball in his mouth and he isn't eating it so I guess he's after a walk!

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      Edlira 4 years ago

      I am catching up with all the lost pearls I hadn't read...lol. You are a treasure :)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello Edlira! Thank you for such sweet praise. If I am a treasure to one, then I am content. Many live a lifetime without such value assigned. I shall carry it proudly!

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