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Tête-à-tête

Updated on July 4, 2011
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like real maple syrup

licked off the back of a spoon

sweet on the tongue

smooth running down your throat

and a pleasing earthiness lingers

on the palate


hot little stings

not noticed one at a time

but the multitude

leaves one breathing hard

as the nettles raise

welts on tender skin


popping little sparkles

of effervescence dancing

across your ego

like champagne for your soul

lifting the corners of

your eyes and mouth


deep wounding daggers

drawing back raggedly

ripping and tearing in hurtful

expertise

economy and precision from one familiar

the most damage for minimal expenditure


this,

the power of words



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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks for coming by AA. I'm glad you liked it.

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      ALIVE aLwaYs 6 years ago

      words are essentially part of life, "the most damage for minimal expenditure" explains it all, beautiful line and compelling poem.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Brian. What are the lines to that song? ...killing me softly with his words?

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      brian miller 6 years ago

      you engage our senses, taste and touch, visually...yes words carry much power to bring life or snuff its candle...

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Claudia. Where would we be without them.

      Thanks for coming by for a read Gay. I appreciate your take :)

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      Gay 6 years ago

      I love the shape of this poem, the sensory deliciousness of it that moves as it reads like nerve endings encompassing meaning. A translation of what to how. Well done.

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      Claudia Schönfeld 6 years ago

      you start this poem with giving us a taste...and from the sweetness move to the power of words...they are powerful for sure

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Yes, I speak of those :) Thanks for stopping by and adding you two cents sligobay.

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      I love the caress of tender words, the gripped shoulder of supportive words and the hand-shake of welcoming words. I love the leap of celebratory words and the dance of joyous words. I recoil at the blows of abrasive words and shrink in the shadows of the lashes of condemnation. Of which power do you speak? A most excellent theme addressed by a most gifted poet is a shared treasure. Thank you.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Saddlerider! I like the idea of words laid out like buffet! Yummm and an occasional yuck!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      The buffet table was a plenty with word choices, take your pick of so many just deserts. I stumble with words and my tongue gets tied up in knots for want of better words. Well done RB. loved your choice of words.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you attemptedhumour! I think about words a lot :)

      Hi timntim9. Thanks for the "big WOW." Must say I like that.

      Hey Doug, I love to imagine being read aloud. I get a little thrill outta that.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      This, the power of words -- you display that power nicely here. I especially like the use of "dagger" followed by "ragged". I had to go back and read that part out loud... it was fun!

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      tlmntim9 6 years ago

      Wow! don't think I have ever heard the power of words, for good or ill, described so beautifully.

      Again a big WOW!

      Tim W

      tlmntim9

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Randy That was brilliant, and profound, a perfect example of how to mix words into a delicious cocktail.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Yep feather plumes and razor blades randslam.

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      The beauty and bitterness of words. It's why we wordsmiths play with anvil, iron and subtle satin.

      Thanks, Randy.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi alekhouse. I never stopped I just didn't post them. If I didn't have poetry as an outlet I'm sure I would inplode or something. Thank you for the praise!

      Your welcome Tom. Thank you for the tasty comment.

      Mentalist Acer thanks for being so sweet and rhymey.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Morning Tony! I still have a lot of poems from my year of tears I yet to edit and publish yet, but I promise there is a light at the end of my tunnel.

      Thanks Micky!I always appreciate you coming by :)

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

      The observation of an intimate taste done with poetic grace.;)

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      Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you for this sumptuous four course banquet of vivid images. Very nice.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 6 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I am so glad you're writing again. I think your poetry is the best there is on Hub pages. I really look forward to it. This one is very good...a little sad as usual, but good.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Awesomely beautiful! Thank you dear Randy Behavior!

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Well written as always RB, with always that tint of sadness past. What the soul experiences, in words it delivers.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Well RC I could have just called it Words but that would have given it away too soon. I love that you thought about it that much. (the couch thing cracks me up for some reason) Thank you for commenting, hope you read more of me. Cheers.

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      Rising Caren 6 years ago from New York

      I knew what tete a tete meant (and I don't mean the couch thing, I didn't know about that). I guess from the poem I felt like words were important, but not necessarily that you were writing about a conversation. It seemed more grand than that (like to a big audience, not just one other person).

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      When its just two, that is when words are the most potent. Thanks for stopping by bbnix.

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      I like this one a lot Randy. It keeps you me off balance, just like real life...just like two people, so in that, I like the title too..;)

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Rising Caren nice to meet you.

      tête·-à-tête (t?t?? t?t?, tet?? tet?; Fr te t? tet?)

      noun

      1. a private or intimate conversation between two people

      2. a usually -shaped seat on which two people can sit so as to face each other

      I was going for the private conversation, not the couch! LOL.

      Thanks Jane :)

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      I love the title!

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      Rising Caren 6 years ago from New York

      Awesome poem, very powerful yet mysterious. Are you sure about that title though?

      Then again I'm not much of an artistic person, so maybe I just don't have the capability of understanding the depth behind your title choice; I'm sure you had a reason.

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      Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Jane! Written or spoken they are powerful. Thanks for reading me.

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      Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      *The power of words* indeed. Randy, I was mesmerised by every word of that.