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No Time for Cupid

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No Time for Cupid

There’s a clock on my wall
in the den – striking ten
as I slink down the hall -
simply remembering when
our passion was valid
and truthful
and honored
and sacred.

Now the clock strikes again
chiming four – on the floor,
a famous cherubim
writhes from the lash of my claw.
His flush face turns pallid.
He’s cringing there
duct-taped
and naked.

See my blood loom like lye
in a glass on your table.
So swig me and swill me -
there’s no warning label
to inform you of danger
when romance goes awry.
Your amorous arrows
belie.

Once again the clock strikes
singing eight – it’s too late
as I relive the likes
of a cursed crippled fate -
without legs to stand on
I’ll falter
and stumble
to then fall.

Six a.m.- dawn has cracked.
You may leave – please perceive
your silk bags are all packed
there’s no time to bereave
and before you’re begone -
take this clock,
as your gift,
from my wall.

My aorta grew cold
in a bowl on your table.
Now chew me and chomp me
and swallow when able.
Cupid’s retiring -
and his bow’s being sold;
his lackluster work
I’ve cajoled.


Written for and dedicated to 
my loving Father: John M. Heck
01/18/1935 - 02/14/2003

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  1. Date: 7/13/2010 3:55:00 AM
    Congratulations John, on placing in the “Anything Goes!” contest sponsored by: Deborah Guzzi with this creative poem. So cupid finally gave up! No way! Great poetry here. Enjoy your glory! Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 7/9/2010 9:10:00 PM
    congrats on your poem john, well deserved

  1. Date: 7/9/2010 11:27:00 AM
    Congratulations John on your win in Deborah Guzzi's contest "Anything Goes" Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/8/2010 5:07:00 AM
    Deeply profound! Congratulations on your win, John. Love, Lainie

  1. Date: 7/7/2010 6:37:00 PM
    Congrats John on your big win in the Anything Goes contest.. enjoy .. with luv from the "Sweetheart" ...

  1. Date: 12/22/2009 3:14:00 PM
    Congratulations on being a first round survivor with two poems and I wish the best to you in the finals John. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:09:00 AM
    John,Congrats on your two poems winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 12:56:00 PM
    This wonderful poem, (and your other one, as well.)..deserve to go to the finish line! Congratulations dear John! As always, you are a supreme writer, and we wish you the best. Happy Holidays! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 10:20:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 8/4/2009 2:57:00 PM
    No wonder why this poem has been honored in Michael's Contest! Excellent job, John! Congratulations. Ruben.

  1. Date: 8/3/2009 2:57:00 PM
    Congratulations john. Joyce

  1. Date: 8/2/2009 5:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Michael's contest John. Wonderful dedication. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/1/2009 12:09:00 PM
    Perfect poem for this contest. Congratulations on your win! It was beyond deserved!

  1. Date: 7/31/2009 12:48:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in Michael's contest John.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 7/30/2009 5:08:00 PM
    I remember being stunned with the wonderful writing when I first read this poem. Congratulations, John for this winning piece! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 7/30/2009 4:15:00 PM
    Congratulations on your wonderful win in Michael's contest! Truely a wonderful poem! So sad, and cynical..which happens when love dies, great job! ~*~ Trudy~*~

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 8:44:00 AM
    Hello John, what a tribute to your father. I have also some poems as tribute to my father. This one is an amazing piece of art. Ernilando

  1. Date: 2/18/2009 6:47:00 PM
    oh my, I surely do understand how one could feel this way. The imagery, the vivid colors you express through your words is quite remarkable. Yet I am a sissy, though I try to be mature when I read something like this, my heart hurts. With love and blessings of healing through sweet time I pray, Lucinda

  1. Date: 2/16/2009 2:18:00 PM
    What a day to die! A day of love, supposedly. Brilliant poem of warranted pain. Great tribute poem.

  1. Date: 2/12/2009 10:26:00 AM
    John that is to say the least a very breathtaking tribute to your father - I know he must have been a good man just look at the son he had - God Bless you John, MJ

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