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Carbon Dioxide Blues

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Carbon Dioxide Blues

He said I was oxygen 
That he couldn’t live without
He said I was the ideal
That he wanted for a wife

He flattered and he praised me
Made me feel like a princess
No one else came even close
His desires he’d thus confess 

He’d waited for me for years
Desperate to be my man
He did ask me more than once
To please love him if I can 

And then I tumbled headlong
Into this prince charming’s arms
I pledged him eternal love
I succumbed to his sweet charms

Many years have passed and now
We are both set to get old
But at times my heart just mourns
For a love that’s getting cold

For though we still make music
To a rhythm all our own
That hungry look has just gone
The passion that I have known

“My love, you’re my oxygen,
You’re the life that I inhale!”
Tell me, though, my beloved
Has that oxygen gone stale?

Am I the carbon dioxide
That you are quick to expel?
Need a fresh O2 supply
That enlivens every cell?

My love, if I’m no longer
The breath that gives you your life  
Remember I’m still that girl
You desired for a wife!

Eileen Manassian Ghali

PS...Soupers, I often tease my husband about this oxygen thing. I guess it is inevitable that somewhere along the line...the mad frenzy of love mellows to a comfortable rhythm. Of course, love needs nurture! I read once that someone told a marriage counselor, "My husband and I are like a comfortable pair of old sneakers," to which she replied, "That's alright, as long as you remember, old sneakers need to dance every now and then!" :) Get the music going!

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  1. Date: 3/8/2013 9:08:00 AM
    A heartfelt write indeed...can't wait until I find that special someone. I can only write about love at this point..lol I'm taking in the wisdom from this poem.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 9:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes....hope you find that special someone soon! Remember to cherish her and to make her feel like a queen! :)
  1. Date: 3/8/2013 6:33:00 AM
    Excellent!!!! My wife and I can relate to this poem Good poem poet Hey you should check out a young poet name Margherita Russo

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 7:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Sean...will do! Thanks for the tip! Glad you can relate....I believe that marriage is something that you need to be intentional about...You should read this book, "Making Love Last Forever," by Gary Smalley! Great advice! Tip of the day: It would help if you BOTH read it! :)
  1. Date: 3/8/2013 6:32:00 AM
    Very heart felt, I think you should let him read this one. It would be a good chance to go deeper and I think he will be moved by your words.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 7:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    OOOPS...typo. I meant...I told him about it last NIGHT!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 7:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard....I told him about it last nice. He gave me a smile and went to watch TV...He isn't into poetry. I mean, I share every now and then how I'm doing, and he is happy for me, but...not interested enough to read. I've made my peace with it. Got no other choice. Thanks for the post.
  1. Date: 3/8/2013 4:37:00 AM
    I love this Eileen!...It took 10 years for my wife and I to really learn to love each other unconditionally...She was 3 months older and I always told her I could call her 'old lady' and 'my old lady' for a while...

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/8/2013 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    TIM!!!! I'm four months older than my husband...and I was teased no end...especially when I turned 25..."HA, you are a quarter of a century old!" :( My husband is a big tease! I take it in stride! Glad we have something in common! :)
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 5:45:00 PM
    Your poem is wonderful Eileen..I think people just have different levels of passion and yours tops the charts......:-) :-) :-) :-)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/7/2013 8:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi, Donna. You are a smart lady! I'm overly passionate! :( Don't know if you've read the book about the five love languages...well, mine are touch and words of affirmation. Hubby's is acts of service! It helps when you both speak the same language...or at least, when you are aware of the differences....you work to show love in a way the person understands! :) Hugs!
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 12:33:00 PM
    Your poems are so honest revealing and strong, I can dip into them over and over again, your always a pleasure to read, and I agree, we cannot become complacent in love, had a friend of mine once she wanted to surprise her husband, it was middle of winter went outside wearing a fur coat and naked underneath, pressed the door bell and said, Surprise, the Avon lady is here" I can tell you he didn't forget that day, lol

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/7/2013 12:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    WOW! Good for her! ;) Yes...it takes being intentional and planning and guarding and cherishing! :) It does take TWO to tango, though! So....both need to be committed! Thanks for reading! Hugs!
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 12:02:00 PM
    Very true and very clever, just love this Eileen xx

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/7/2013 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mandy...thank you for the post. I'm glad that you took the time to read. Sweet of you!
  1. Date: 3/7/2013 12:01:00 PM
    I love your P.S. comment. It is a great compliment to your poem. The love can also be expressed in the little things. A card hidden away until you find it, a flower on top of your pillow. a kiss on the back of the neck. When the fire goes out it's the tenderness that means so much. Enjoyed your poem.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 3/7/2013 12:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jon, so good to get this post from you! Where have you been? Have you started writing again? Don't give up...you have a gift! Yes...tenderness does have its place....but passion must always be there! It's just that it isn't a consuming fire anymore, but a warm mellow glow that bursts into flame now and again! :) Good to hear from you!