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Man's Greatest Love

Updated on November 25, 2013

When I look back upon the years

Endless nights in love or lust

Cradled in a warm embrace

Made soft by familiarity and trust


When I consider the time we’ve spent

In black of night ‘till morning light

Wrapped selflessly in remembered hours

of fading stars from a thousand nights


When I measure the spending of myself

So utterly complete in you alone

Or gauge the depth of my surrender

Ripe from the longing that day has sown


When I reflect on time together

When my soul perishes expired

Into the wait that reaches up

and wraps me whole as I desired


Then I will sing of love profound

Where wont and longing wed

Where pure surrender is required

Oh how I love my good old bed!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I was not expecting the last line I must say! You led me the whole way! Wonderful write!

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Alan....I was reading along thinking "what a beautiful love poem to his wife" when I reached the last line--a twist worthy of O. Henry. Wow! Splendid....Voted Up+++++

      Jaye

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You got me with this one, arb,

      I was waiting for the denouement with breath that was bated.

      Would the answer be your wife?

      Or another gal with whom you had mated?

      Then you dramatically said

      It was your good old bed. Who knew?

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Agreeing that the twist at the end go me too! This is wonderful use of language!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Nice example of "gentleman" humor plus a, in my opinion, good example of a well constructed poem. Thank you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah! No danger, no regret

      When with this mate we've met,

      Go in enmeshed,

      Come out refreshed.

      Now that's a love and lust

      In which anyone can trust,

      Embrace to take beyond the moon,

      Cuddling flesh in warm cocoon.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'm so glad I returned to read the comments. It's such a delight when other poets salute someone's poem with verses of their own!

      Jaye

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi drbj, I am a rascal, but, a very fun one!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Morning Jim! Thanks my friend although I suspect you too have such affair with your good old bed!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello Martin and thanks for the kind comment. It takes one to know one my friend.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      O.K. butterfly, When the comment outshines the subject of the comment, I surrender. I'm going back to bed. Love "cuddling flesh in warm cocoon!"

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello dear Jaye! I hope that you are well. I agree with you. Nellieanna does me honor. I am surprised however, that you of all people, were not suspect of the end. It is, after all, your forte. I am delighted to have surprised the crafty Jaye!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ahhh...that was an unexpcted but delightful twist. The warm comfort of our bed offers so much, and holds many memories and promises that are ours to cherish...and you captured them all. I liked this one! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Alan - hardly does my silly ditty outshine your masterpiece of flowing (deceitful) verse & cleverly designed surprise! But I can shamelessly claim intimacy with the loving joys of my dear bed, too. I especially love it in the winter when its TWO fluffy white down comforters cuddle my sweet ole bones & flesh so tenderly! What's NOT to love? ;-)

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello Genna! I like that you liked it. The older we get, the more comfort provided to weary bones. Thanks, as always, for reading.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Any deceit is incidental as my true intent weard no disquise. O.K. Maybe a little. You know you are in the arms of a trusted friend when 3 seconds after meeting the pillow I am in dreamland. We too, have two down comforters, but, we sleep with the window open. Theses days it nears insanity.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Of course, I don't assign any real deceit to you. OK, maybe a little. You wanted to lead us on, after all.

      Same here with the timing. I've hardly a moment to whisper messages to my love before I'm in dreamland soon as I lie down.

      In cold weather I've slept with the window open in past times. I rinse to complete my showers in cold water year-round. No sissy here. But I keep my house thermostat cool anyway to conserve utilities & the bedroom is over the double garage, so gets no help with temperature from below. It always radiates the prevailing outside temperatures anyway.

      There's this, too: you've a major advantage: two off you under your down comforters! :-)

      Oh, my - what a strange discussion. :-) Your poem started it!

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Well that was certainly worth the read. So clever. You had a finely honed piece, then took the edge off.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I believe you did get us all on this amazing write! Totally enthralling from the beginning and that ending . . . stunner there! You know, I have thought that very same thing when I get into bed at night and even thanked God for my nice warm bed and how I blessed I am to get to sleep in it, warm and safe every night! It's true. So . . . may be woman's greatest love too. LOL

      Really nice work here. Such a talented and clever writer are you!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I should have known Arb...you have done this before, it shouldn't have been a surprise..but it was, and that was because I was taken in so much by what was, until the last line, a truly romantic piece...but the last line really made it.... I love some humour, and a twist, in stories or poetry. A great read my friend, thank you :-))

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Granted two is benefit unless someone has cold feet all the time!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      mckbirdbks, thanks for reading. Well, Nellieanna thinks I purposely have led the reader on. Imagine such dastardly intent. I suppose I will have to cop to the obvious. At least there was success.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello Faith Reaper and thank you for the kind comment. The things which give the greatest comfort, are sometimes taken most for granted. It was about time the lowly bed got its due. Thanks again for reading and God Bless.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello Valleypoet. Yes my friend, my twisted mind has fooled you all once again. I drink the pleasure of it and revel in my sillyness. Thanks for contributing. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Alan, I might be tempted to say GMTA, but the great minds' thinking alike doesn't cover this sneakily leading people astray, at least not in this instance. Takes a lot of pizzazz! And you have it!

      But I confess I do frequently think about what pure pleasure it is, getting into caressing bed; and I often say so out loud when I do! Of course, I'm known to talk to inanimate things, especially those that bring pleasure. They shouldn't be taken for granted! (But please don't report me. I'd hate to be restricted to a bed with straps, wearing PJs with sleeves that tie in the back! :-)

      As far as cold feet, I've devised remedy for 'em: - vital when there's no other flesh available on which to warm them. You see, I simply don't sleep with my head ON the pillow, but with my feet UNDER it by adding it as an extra layer of down over the foot area of the covers!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Well butterfly, improvisation is the hallmark of creativity. BTW. If Randy were gone before me, I've no doubt we would talk aloud daily. I've no doubt she would answer me!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      OMG...LMAO!

      You definitely had me, my friend - i had tears in my eyes after the third stanza - and then- WHAMMO!!!

      Right between the eyes! LOL..

      fabulous, awesome, amazing poetry - even if was written in tribute to a BED...WOW..(i so adore my bed as well - or more specifically - my blankies and pillow - i take them with me wherever i go in the world..

      it's only a little embarrassing...

      up, across, tweeting, sharing!!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      What can I say? It's so! How wise are you.

      Improvision ~ Creativity.

      Creativity ~ Solutions.

      Solutions ~ Communication.

      Communication ~ Relationships.

      ;-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I didn't expect the ending at all.. very well done! You certainly are creative!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Hahahahaha... I was intrigued by the picture of the rose in your hub as it symbolizes love... then I got to read your piece.

      I was almost carried away with emotions until I read the ending. Good one, you got us there! Voted up and funny.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thanks Leslie. My wife takes her pillow everywhere we travel. Left it on a cruise ship some years ago and had trouble sleeping for a month. She has secured a new one since and is in happy land again.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      If I was so wise, I'd let you have the last word!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      hello teaches and thanks for reading. Creative or warped. A thin line and determined by my reader. Thank you.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Thank you vibesites. The rose was a calculated offense to mislead my warped intent. It was apparently successful.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      ;-D

      'word'

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      I have to tell you butterfly, I was already laughing as I clicked comment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      ;-}

      word: Good!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Excellent poetry I enjoyed reading this poem and look forward to reading more of your work.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      DDE, thanks for reading and the kind comment.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Afternoon Alan - You are a bit of a rascal. :) And you ahve done this before, of course. Why are we soslow or dim witted or whatever it is, that we do not see your twist coming? Well a great twist it was and a beautifully crafted and evocative poem. You do not fail to impress. :)

      Very good learning trip to DC. Extremely busy making up the lost week with my students. Things should slow down in a week or two. No time for new hubs, but I found a couple that I halfway completed several months ago...think I will try to whip them into shape.

      Hope all is well with you and yours. Theresa

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      At first I thought, what a Beautiful Love Poem to your "Better Half"...I certainly was NOT expecting your Fun Ending. Brilliant dear Arb, Simply Brilliant!

      My Votes of UP & (still) Beautiful & Awesome too!

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hi Theresa, I am a rascal and I have done this before. Never quite sure where I am going myself. This time I was. Glad the trip was good and glad you are back.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      It is a love poem b. and it was to my better half.

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