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Poets' Tryst

Updated on September 25, 2012
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This poem is inspired by the 2002 movie Possession. It is the story of a secret affair between two poets set in the Victorian-era.



Like a deer stepped into a meadow

The instant you participate

In the world you are at risk

And when the pull comes

Judge it fortuitous or problematic

The drawing force can not be interpreted

As anything less than what it is

You can not look at fire and call it a flower


Your action decidedly your choice

Its outcome not altogether beyond your control

And if you are able

Bar the storm from your eyes and

Keep chaste your response

You may enter the day with an upturned chin

Your sin played only in your mind

But like the animal who runs grazed

The wound heals but the scar remains


If instead, you choose the other trail

Unable like the rutting buck to withdraw

If you are weak against the natural forces

No stronger than straw against the flame

Then go not timidly in to the thick

Instead jump full body without fear

For passion is a gift to the physical

A delicacy to be taken in mouthfuls

As stirrings become molten

Do not bask but bathe in them


The opportunities and trials of a life

Retitled and reassigned

Along your line of time

In hindsight clearly merely seasons

The memories still blushed

Are those where passion reigned

And upon reflection

Will make the aged smile with contentment

For it is in those moments that he lived


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      Randy Behavior 4 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Well hello old friend! Thanks for the poetic comment.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Life is, at its very core, provocative. Both poet and her poetry can not write any less of it. Such honesty runs liquid through the lines and begs us drink from words not yet adulterated by inhibition and fear. Either live or read from them will. Stunning poetry.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks nighthag as I really did try to stay "in character," and yet have it still be me.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      so many beautiful lines in this, a beautiful poem that reads like a classic, I will certainly be back to reread

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Oh sligobay you get me :) Thanks for the comment. I was worried about my choice of metaphor, I'm glad you called it delicious.

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      Your vulnerability image is exquisite..."No stronger than straw against the flame". In your description of weakness against natural forces- you invite the doe/stag to retreat to the cover or vault into the field of life. This was a delicious metaphor for the choice where the road divides and we "choose the path less traveled on". Thank you.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Good, I use any excuses I can to not see most movies.

      Well kudos right back at you for salacious.

      Yep, I guess it was all in mind...

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      No you should not :) The movie had two story lines; one in the present and one in the Victorian era. The story in the Victorian era I found delightful but I found the modern time line was poorly written. "Did he just say that?" But it was about poets and revered them and I was lulled by that.

      As far as me writing lasciviously... I'm sure I don't know what you are talking about. Perhaps it is in fact, something YOU are bringing to the table. Care to share what salacious thoughts are brewing within your male mind?

      (Thank you for dusting off that word, I hadn't heard it for ages.)

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      Should I see this movie? (I warn you that I am movie snob.)

      I like various lines throughout this piece but I'm not ready to evaluate it overall. It's a postive thing for a poem -- like a movie that needs watched again. I'll have to read it again and ponder..

      "For passion is a gift to the physical

      A delicacy to be taken in mouthfuls"

      -- you can always be counted on to gracefully indulge the reader with a lascivious image, yet one that is subtle enough for you to be able to bat your eyelashes and say "me? write something lewd? No, my reader, that is all in your dirty mind."

      This is a fine talent to possess, and I hope you keep using it to your advantage.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Nell. I'm sure I've had at least one lifetime in that period... I can practically hear the rustling of taffeta. :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, wow! I agree with everyone above, this was amazing, are you sure you don't come from that romantic time? I wish I could write a poem like that! rated up! cheers nell

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I like to think of myself as spiritual but not religious.

      But to be the opposite of you TL does not please me. I am glad you liked it, however.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Randy, this is so deep, so positive, so reassuring; almost, dare I say it, like a religious tract. but a religious tract with hope, and a "way out".

      It is the absolute antithesis to almost everything I write (when I am being serious) and I love it;

      "But like the animal who runs grazed

      The wound heals but the scar remains"

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Yes attemptedhumour lets! I am always searching the horizon for my next adventure, my next experience, my next synchronistic encounter.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Great comment Nikki. I like period pieces so I enjoyed it, and it made me proud to be a poetess. I think before tv and film, writers were much more prized.

      In the movie the poetess lived a quiet reclusive (lesbian) life but when she ventured out to a dinner party held in her honor she struck me as a doe stepping into a meadow. There she was quickly swept up as the energy between her and this other poet was palatable.

      Better to have risked...

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Let's make those moments count and like your poem store them as a treasure trove to visit as we march forward, searching for the next one. Cheers

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      Nikki Wicked 6 years ago from Louisiana

      i truly love this. i havent seen that movie, but youve piqued my interest in it. i love how you compared us to deer, quite a metaphor as we either jump into life and passion, or turn the other way. we either are drawn in by that force, so hard to deny, and enjoy it, go with it, or to fear it, regret it, with every choice there is consequence, but without conseuence, without risk, you do not truly live, and what more/better to risk all for, than love..

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you PenMe Pretty! I'm pleased you liked it.

      Hi Cardisa. There is a lot of deer hunting where I live. I think they should all be pets of course.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Eiddwen - Thank you for stopping by for a read. It is always appreciated.

      Morning mckbirdbks. "Ballet of words," I like that :)

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi alekhouse. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Writing you memoirs probably has you looking back and smiling eh?

      Yes MA I do love them so.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I like the reference to animal behavior.

      Beautiful!

      Cardisa

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Tony, I tried to take my modern tone out of the thing.

      Morning Tom, and the sparkle in the eyes too I think.

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      PenMePretty 6 years ago from Franklin

      Refreshing, entertaining, beautiful and romantic. Love your work.

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What a passionate ballet of words you have presented. Excellent kaleidoscope of imagery.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Great as always Randy. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

      I rate up and awesome.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Randy,you have an elegant love affair with words.;)

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      RB, this is so so good. It flows beautifully and the message...ah the message, rings so true. Beautiful...in every way.

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Perhaps in age the smile will still be young.

      Lovely.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Excellent RB. some well-crafted phrases and images.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Oh BB, your comments are always so generous. Majestic and profound? I like that very much! I thank you kind sir (curtseys deeply).

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      Randy, your skills grow exponentially stronger as we speak "in a world you are at risk"...

      Unequivocal, a dance not for the weak of heart.

      I would suggest that your exquisite words,

      "For passion is a gift to the physical

      A delicacy to be taken in mouthfuls

      As stirrings become molten

      Do not bask but bathe in them"

      is not only a most perfect assertion of two lovers passion, but also a philosophy of life to be held dear.

      And I dance with your words...live them, for anything less would assert that "The wound heals but the scar remains"...forever!

      A more majestic and profound piece there is nowhere to be found...

      Voted up and all the adjectives, but it hardly seems enough...