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Poetry by J.S. Allen, LOVES REVISTED

Updated on November 10, 2007

Loves Revisited


Morphine needles of the heart

Bemusing me.

The passing pinpricks of painful pleasures

Some captures; some lost,

All writing wrinkles on my brow

Or corners on my smile.


The daggers plunged deep;

To the hilt thrust home.

There to ache the ulcer of things past


Fields trod, but never won.


The sweet scratch of ivy

Hiding under skin.

A moment's memory that itches

With the next day's rising sun.


As time puts piles of dirt

Beside the hole marked mine,

The tinctured portraits of these loves

So clearly etched upon the marble

Of this mind collage in reverie.


They take a million muddled forms,

As if refracted in the deep. I

Strain to seek to see them through the

Cataracts of time, succeeding only

In my sleep;

And waking know

The siren sound the bound Ulysses heard

Was the single wished-for work

Most treasured from the lips of loves gone by

And hard remembered.


Copyright JS Allen, 2007

All rights reserved

Printed with permission by Earth Angel Publishing


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    Earth Angel 

    7 years ago

    Thank you so much Ubani! The author will be thrilled by your comment! Glad to see you hanging around HubPages a bit more! Happy to connect again! Blessings, Earth Angel!

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    Alexander Thandi Ubani 

    7 years ago from Lagos

    A mind blowing poem. Sad as it may but meaningful. It is well appreciated. Awesome!

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    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Thank you VocalCoach!!

    I will let the author, J.S. Allen know of your kind words!! He will be so pleased!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Incredible! Read it 4 times and each time I went deeper and deeper. Rated up and awesome. Thanks.

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    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Thank you Holly Inne!!

    I had not heard the Willie Nelson quote; thank you for sharing!!

    Do you think that is really true; that 99% are not with their first choice?? I had never thought of it that way but it sure rings true!! Really, really sad but true!!

    I am single and have been for years!! I am one of those hold out's that believe settling for second choice (or third, fourth, etc.)does no good for anyone involved!! What do you think??

    Do you know J.S.Allen (P.J.) by chance??

    Thank you for your comments!! I will make sure he gets them right away!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Holly Inne 

    8 years ago

    Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play.

    Willie Nelson

    This poem evoked this quote from Willie Nelson.

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    Earth Angel 

    8 years ago

    Thanks to you Spyder Mark!!

    I will pass your wonderful compliments on to J.S. Allen!! I, too am reminded of the same songs you mention!! J.S. Allen will be thrilled!!

    Thank you so much for dropping by!!

    Blessings always, Earth Angel!!

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    Spyder Mark 

    8 years ago

    This brought the lyrical words of the Steven Tyler song, "Dream On" to mind as well as Diane Warren's, "If I Could Turn Back Time".

    Oh, what sweet emotions the measure of memories bring!

    Thanks to you J.S.

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    10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    "A million muddled forms" - love the alliteration here! Sound struggles to flow as a reflection of the inner turmoil involved in revisiting old worlds. At first, I wasn't sure about the uneven flow, but then it became an essential halting voice from the persona's inner landscapes. 


    Smiles and Light


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