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Sweet Red

Updated on March 29, 2015

From the first sip,
I feel my jaw tingling.
I relax, take a deep breath,
and close my eyes
to savor it.

I bite my lip
the way you once did,
and I reach for my glass again
as I feel my eyes drip.
I just want a kiss.
If I knew our last one
would have been our last one,
I would have savored it.

Remember when we would
sip wine and start arguing?
Actually, we would guzzle it
'til crazy emotions kicked in.
I would cry while you were screaming,
or you would cry when I talked about leaving.
After all the insults, I'd convince you the fights
were for no reason.
And you believed it 'til you sobered up
one weekend.

You left me on a Sunday.

I've been with plenty men since then,
but tonight I feel like
we just broke up
last weekend.

As I paid for our favorite wine,
I saw a guy who looked just like
one of them.
You would think I would have been inspired
to write about him,
but the emptiness I felt
looking at that stranger
reminded me of you.

So here I am
listening to music
you'd never listen to,
wearing a hairdo
you'd never be attracted to,
while doing the thing
we always loved to do...
drink wine and create art.

Didn't we create art?
Do you remember
my background vocals
to your song?
Do you remember
when I told you
I first fell for you?
It was when I first watched you play.
You don't need a reminder
I know you will always remember
I'm the first girl
to accept you for who you are.

But you didn't accept my love.
You didn't value my heart.

You are just gone.

The wine still pours,
I'm not woken up
from your snores
It's time to move on and
quit fantasizing.

Maybe if I keep jumping
between men,
I'll settle down
with one of them.
We live, forgive,
and forget
cause you can never recreate
the tingle of the first sip.



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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another great poem from you Ryem/ voted up.

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      It's always nice to hear from you, Jodah. Thank you!

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Ryem, your poetry writing is very amazing. Happy National Poetry Month...

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Ryem, I checked out your page at DeviantArt. your photo shoot is amazing. You certainly are talented.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful and intense! Thank you, Ryem! You never disappoint! Up++

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Jodah is right..amazing photos!

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      Hertz18360 3 years ago

      Nice work; you made the reminiscence personal. The viewer could easily take themselves into that moment. Nice work.

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      Darick 3 years ago

      Simply beautiful, love it!

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      Jose Velasquez 3 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Is this based on real life, or just a clever piece of fiction?

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you everyone for reading and commenting, it means a lot!!

      Philly, this one is real life.

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      Jose Velasquez 3 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I knew you had a story.

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Ha, I've got plenty.

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      The tingle of that first sip, that's a strong line full of all the emotions of your poem and heart, I am sure it will stay with me awhile

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Aww thanks a million!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely work!

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks, dear!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Ryem, some of this really resonates with me. Your poems always touch something deep within, I guess to a greater or lesser extent we've all been there. There's nothing like the tingle of the first sip.

      Beautifully done.

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      Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you for being so nice, Jo!

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