Thoughts at a French Cafe


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He thinks of her when late evening shadows fall
across his haggard wrinkled face
as he aches to remember every detail,
wanting once more to intimately trace
with his smooth fingers the luscious shape
of her hips even when she aged,
were pure joy to embrace
as side by side they lay.

He wants to feel her red rose lips
pressed to his, the way she kissed
when she felt his desire,
his love; raging passion rising
with their bodies in sync, wrapped
in this beautiful rapturous curse.
These memories haunt him now she’s gone,
for the hunger and yearning grows worse
with each endless night and day.

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: At dVerse Poets Pub: MTB by Changing your perspective Bjorn has asked us to write from a different perspective. I seldom write from a man’s perspective so this is my attempt.

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35 Comments on “Thoughts at a French Cafe

  1. The image looked a little like Bukowski, so that’s who I visualized. The poem works well on its own accord, aside from the prompt. The older we are, the more difficult it is to get over the death of a spouse.

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  2. Sorrow and passion, an intoxicating combination because they are both pinnacle emotions. Powerful write Linda.

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  3. I like that you have written in the third person and from the viewpoint of a man, and agree with Bjorn that the ultimate challenge would to write as the man in first person, but then you wouldn’t be able to describe him – I like the opening lines too much to lose that element.

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  4. I very rarely write from a male perspective, too. Maybe I should give it a go. I wouldn’t have noted it if this poem hadn’t been written for the prompt – it feels entirely natural. I like the fact that her aging didn’t alter his desire.

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  6. This is very nicely done. As a man, the hands on her hips is something that rings very true. As a human, you’ve conveyed the sense of loss very well. Bravo

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