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Navy Pier: A Poem

Updated on May 20, 2017
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Natalie Frank (Taye Carrol), a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; publishes short stories, flash fiction, novellas & prose poetry.

Original Poem

Does the sight

of a simple keychain

stir your heart?


Does the sweetness of ice cream

coat your tongue

softening the bittersweet of coffee?


Are memories awakening

of a sunset over storm colored currents,

the air softly stirring the sights til they blur?


Can you see them?

the two figures entwined as one?

Him and her, a matching set


There.

They are just there.

Just ahead.


They move among yachts and tourists

bobbing and gazing

around constructed barriers


The sight they seek

no less astounding for their effort

when they succeed


They pursue the sun’s last call

before it sinks into the softly sensed murmurs

of frigid waves

Rolling carefully until

they just lap at

the ice filled shallows


Her hands find their way inside his coat

head against his shoulder

His arms encircle her waist


He draws her safe against him

Yet this is but affection

Which cold cannot deny


Their bodies are pressed tight

For these few sacred moments

there is naught else


Him and her

Her hands

His arms

Until darkness encroaches

Propelling their first date onward


Is the memory clear?

And does it make you smile?

Your gaze turned inward

needing to be called twice

Before you can return to now?


Does the sight

of a simple key chain

stir your heart

as it does mine?


I can only wait and pray

that someday

I will see the answer in your eyes

and feel the joy of a secret smile

meant just for me


Can you see them, now, up ahead?

Two figures enjoined as one?

Hear how their steps echo

and converse into movement

A path, a direction

Their dream, their trust


Fingers entwined

they walk forward

Unafraid

Unrelenting

until they have been released

to a certain future

The curtain to the past, closing with finality

© 2017 Natalie Frank

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      Natalie Frank 3 weeks ago from Chicago, IL

      So glad you like it. I was definitely feeling nostalgic when I wrote it. Thanks for the comment.

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      GlenR 3 weeks ago from UK

      How lovely. I’m feeling wistful. The poem evoked memories of the distant past.

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      Natalie Frank 2 months ago from Chicago, IL

      A nice memory. Though sometimes looking back on the most beautiful memories can be painful as well. Thanks for the comment.

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      Natalie Frank 3 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Memory. It is a nice image. One I'll have for the years to come. Thanks for the comment.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 3 months ago from Los Angeles

      a nice memory or fantasy?

      great images and nice sense of feeling

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      Natalie Frank 3 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for the comment Louise. I live on Lake Michigan and the sight of this huge body of water with the skyline towering over it is really a remarkable view.

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      Louise Powles 5 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a lovely poem. There are 2 piers where I live, and both very different. They can be romantic places to walk along too when you see couples walking hand in hand.

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      Natalie Frank 5 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Glad you enjoyed it Dora!

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      Natalie Frank 5 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks Darla!

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, Natalie. I can see them. Thanks to your vivid images you painted and your poking with questions. Well done!

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      Darla Sue Dollman 6 months ago

      Beautiful, Natalie. Strong imagery.

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      Natalie Frank 6 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks Bill. Nostalgia is always nice and there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day for it regularly.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely walk down Memory Lane, my friend. I think anyone who has ever been on a first date, or been in love, can relate to this wonderful scene you have painted.

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      Natalie Frank 6 months ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for your impressions. I rarely write poetry and not terribly skilled at it. It's fun to do once in a while though and I think when I work on poetry for a while it makes my fiction writing stronger..

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      Threekeys 6 months ago from Australia

      "Are memories awakening

      of a sunset over storm colored currents,

      the air softly stirring the sights til they blur?

      Can you see them?

      the two figures entwined as one?

      Him and her, a matching set

      I enjoyed the weaving of intimacy in your poem. These verses felt snug and close.