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Heart Shaped Stone

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Heart Shaped Stone

How plain it looks in the morning sun, as I hold it to the window light
And palm it fondly once again
It stirs my heart with tenderness, emotions blend with winter's sky
A rock as smooth, as silk, as glass…, this heart shaped stone he gave to me
Along with a kiss that could not last, that brief repast 
         of what would pass                             
                    ... of what could never be…., 
                             
I was late to bloom, a quiet girl, long dark hair, and I blushed with ease
He sat behind me in science class, poked fun, and loved to tease
He would flip my pony tail to and fro, and beg for the answers to a test
Or call me “squirt”…….and to the rest...
   he’d say, “Bug off!”…if someone rude would dare to taunt me
His eyes were dark, and skin was fair, his Lettered jacket had much appeal
A flirt he was,  but much too fast, especially for a girl like me
Considered cool….I was quite out-classed, but I must confess....my love was real

He lived far down our country road, his family owned a big ranch home
His Jeep sped daily by our house,  much too fast,...much too fast...
Too much privilege, has a price, oh...you know, .... he was the spoiled kind
My parents often said as much...
“Don’t look too hard!” “Don’t be inclined!”  much too fast...much too fast...

Beneath the cool, his smooth talk play,
   was a gentle way he treated me, 
      he had a tender smile for me.....it was sincere...I knew it then
        I know it now.....and all the while I believed in him
        Although, he wore a false disguise...a macho side,  for all the guys

One day when I was on my horse, not far from home, 
he drove on by and then, of course 
he stopped to talk, we laughed, he smiled
I tied my mare, he left his Jeep, we took a walk through piles of hay 
So cold, then rain,... came unprepared, he shared his coat, 
and the leather scent would fill the air

Beneath our feet, he saw the rock, a muted-colored  heart shaped stone
He gave me. then, a quiet look, and took my hand…
Into my fist, he put the stone, and on my lips….a  tender kiss

We never spoke of it again….He was cool, ….   you must remember
                       
                                                 that morning cold, in late November...

                                                       ~
                                                                                           
I heard the news a few years later…it broke my heart, and brought the rain

 He sped too fast, ………….again,……again …..
 The past brings pain .........again, ....again....

Sweet scent of leather, can last forever
Reminding me now, of yesterday
Reminding me now,  of never, never...

                   of the things that can never be....
                                      

               





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For contest sponsored by Giorgio Veneto

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  1. Date: 7/4/2013 12:09:00 AM

    nice.........SKAT

  1. Date: 6/29/2013 5:35:00 AM

    Wow! Brilliant and moving. Loved it. Congrats on your win. Definitely deserved first place!

  1. Date: 6/28/2013 3:34:00 PM

    A bittersweet and heartfelt poem you wrote here. Nicely done Carrie. Congratulations on your well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 2:16:00 PM

    I liked all the repetition making us feel as if the verse was a fleeting glimpse as his life was fleeting, both of ours were very James Dean in their own way! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/26/2013 11:54:00 AM

    this is truly heartfelt and well crafted, carrie.. congrats on your shining win and more cheers to the many other recent awards... you are no.1.. :) huggs

  1. Date: 1/17/2012 6:06:00 AM

    Congratulations Carrie on your HM in Dana'lynn's "The Secondhand Emotion" contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 10:05:00 PM

    touching write i have to say, you got me in, with your words in play, and the saddest ending, yet i say , you are a sweet delight...

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 9:04:00 PM

    Congrats, Carrie. Awesome piece. Nice going. Enjoyed. luv Ralph

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 5:00:00 PM

    how beautiful a story, Carrie. You wrote it expertly and I was glued to it...every line. congratulations to you

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 3:04:00 PM

    well here we two are in stage left .. couldn't find better company to be in the wings with HM [hot mama] Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/19/2011 4:32:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well deserved 1st place win Carrie in Frank Herrera's contest "First Love". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 2:53:00 PM

    Wonderful IS an overused word, you always bring me with you my Adonis died at 35 heart attack leaving a wife and 2 small children, one, the boy was dieing too of cancer, I always felt he went first to be there when the child passed. So sad dieing so young both of them. Congrad's on your big win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 12:38:00 PM

    Congrats Carrie on your 1st place win in this contest.Enjoyed your poem---kashinath

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 4:31:00 AM

    Super Congrats Carrie on your 1st place win.Knew this would top the winners list.A lovely piece of poetry...Love, Gautami

  1. Date: 4/16/2011 3:25:00 AM

    oh, how you nailed me, carrie, wow... roaring cheesr for the 1st spot in this contest.. well-deserved! :) huggs!

  1. Date: 4/15/2011 8:57:00 PM

    Every girl that ever sat in front of me in school will always remember me. I was this fellow! except for the ranch house. You are an amazing Poet!

  1. Date: 4/15/2011 6:30:00 PM

    This pulled so hard at my heart-strings, I thought they would break. Absolutely sensational story and sensational writing, Carrie. Congratsulations on your FIRST PLACE win. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 4/15/2011 5:35:00 PM

    This one gave me goose bumps. So sweet and so sad. Congratulations Carrie. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/15/2011 4:31:00 PM

    Congrats Carrie on your first place win in Frank's contest with this excellent entry and expression ... enjoy another wonderful win well deserved top spot with luv..

  1. Date: 4/15/2011 3:49:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win..Sara

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