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"An Excerpt" By M. Taha Effendi (Verse Libre) I spotted him in a cafe after many weeks, at a table in the loneliest corner. I sneaked up to him excited, carefully standing before him. He couldn't possibly miss me. But I didn't utter a word. I wanted to surprise him if he looked up. But he did not. He was gazing down, into his cup of coffee, purposelessly stirring it. He hadn't noticed me. He was absent. Lost. I noticed then how dramatically he had changed. His once cheerful face looked gloomy. Devoid of any expression. His eyes were drooped. dark circles under them. Unfocused and lifeless. Was he deprived of sleep? Had he spent his nights crying? His skin had lost its radiance and glow. Seemed he hadn't been eating well. Nor had he shaved in weeks. A thick stubble shrouding his gaunt cheeks. His hair long, messy, unkempt. What was going on with him? Curious, shocked, I finally spoke, "Bret! What happened to you? You look devastated!" Interrupted, he finally looked up saw me. It took him some time to realize I was there. His lips curving slighty into what may have been a faint smile. But it did not reach his eyes. Something was killing him inside. I repeated my question,"What happened to you? You look so broken." Finally, he spoke as his eyes filled with tears, "Love happened."

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  1. Date: 6/7/2012 8:26:00 PM
    Hi Taha, so nice of you to stop by. We miss you because your poetry is always great. Like this one that I loved to read again. HOpe all is well with you! Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 10:50:00 PM
    love wow! can be the worst event ever... nice poem,..p.d.

  1. Date: 11/29/2011 5:05:00 PM
    I was so surprised by the end. It said so much in those two words and after what was said before we have no doubt of the sadness of the experience. Amazing verse Taha, you are very talented!

  1. Date: 11/5/2011 11:11:00 PM
    A touhing tale this is. Bret ought to read the "Deliverance" you wrote. Very well put, Taha. I didn't know of this one.

  1. Date: 9/12/2011 10:41:00 AM
    I would like to take this time to thank you for your kind words on my poetry. I would also like to let you know I always enjoy reading your wonderful poetry Taha. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 9:31:00 AM
    You have weaved such a touching story while bringing out the expressions and outshow of a man in love. Beautiful write my friend. Love and best wishes.......Ravindra....Taha Effendi

  1. Date: 10/22/2010 3:33:00 PM
    Sad that he was not loved in return..Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work...Sara

  1. Date: 10/20/2010 11:53:00 AM
    Dear Taha, Love is sublime, but it brings anguish and pain. These are the rewards of love. Lovers cherish this pain. A good poem beautifully worded in Verse Libre. Iwould recommend a revisit to the poem and editing few lines that seem more like prose than poetry. This will enhance the beauty of the poem e.g your line 'His hair had grown really long and was messy and unkempt' may read 'His hairs grown really long, messy and unkempt'. Thanks for commenting on my Ghazal Anguish -Mohammad

  1. Date: 10/18/2010 12:06:00 AM
    Thank you for your comments friends:)

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 12:30:00 PM
    wow, no wonder so many people are frightened to love, it does end this way a good bit of the time! LIght & Love

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 10:52:00 AM
    lovely write, love the ending very deep, enjoyed,..P.D.

  1. Date: 10/17/2010 9:22:00 AM