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Love In A Far Off Place

In starry silence and deepest sleep, I hold vivid memories and a treasured secret close to my heart of a long ago summer love. Ours, was a season carved from the sun's caress, from a sun that never set (even when the moon shone bright). I cherished the time I held your hand, my handsome stranger. Every waking moment was blissful and fantasies in darkness sweetened my slumber. Our love was daring and true but was a story never meant to be told, not even to the icy winds blowing through my winter nights. With you, I was lustrous in youthful glow, plucked like a flower in morning dew, and still hungry for life with an adventurous spirit. I called you, your warm words, and the wild heart within them, my second home. I was entranced by your stare; each passion-kissed day alone with you was tethered loosely to the next perfect, steamy day. The summer's citrus sun sprayed light upon perfumed petals in our garden of love. I could have pulled away before autumn's chill but yearned to be held captive by, to know intimately, the shackles of your love until I could no longer breathe or desire from you more than I could give of myself. A girl became a woman when the ripe August moon shared its silver beams of passion in that far off, exotic place. Brilliant in mind, it seems like yesterday but was many years ago. As quick as you stepped into my life, you were gone, taking with you the sultry sun and late summer moon – you were a stranger I knew too well but not well enough to mourn. I’m older now, busy with responsibilities. My skin, slightly weathered, is thicker. I carry the weight of my mistakes on my back, and still, I stand tall. I share my strength, my love, my embrace, but I carry the secret of you closer to my heart as I age. Our summer memories are a part of my dreams and the source of many misty-eyed smiles in sunlight. For Frank's Love In A Far Off Place Contest, 7/26/15

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  1. Date: 9/18/2015 7:02:00 PM

    Without a doubt this worthy of won a contest.... I love how it was constructed beautifully and congrats on your win....a well and an eloquent write. Excellent dear poet.......A.M.
  1. Date: 8/12/2015 9:09:00 PM

    Congrats on your win. Wonderful play on words :)
  1. Date: 8/2/2015 3:28:00 PM

    Rhonda.. A fabulous romantic write, I salute your well deserved win!
  1. Date: 7/29/2015 1:23:00 PM

    A lovely emotive poem... Well written and a pleasure to read
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 4:36:00 PM

    Congratulations Rhonda: Summer love such a universal theme. Unforgettable and sweet. Loved it. SuZ
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 6:29:00 AM

    Favorite two lines among many: 'You were a stranger I knew too well but not well enough' and the last...'And the source of many misty-eyed smiles in sunlight.' Those and the entire poem are LOADED with wisdom and insight. My best description of this would be 'sweet melancholy'...A 7 and a fav - Tim
  1. Date: 7/28/2015 3:34:00 AM

    That was fantastic, it brought me back to the moment when I first felt the drive, to just write something down. The best poetry, I think, is a love letter...Because it's personal and private and for a reader to get just the chance to get invited unveiling of the heart, is too precious to put in words. Congrats for the great win...
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 11:03:00 PM

    Awesome pen Rhonda! Wonderful expressions n here u r wid a fine win! Big congrats!
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 10:27:00 PM

    .....and back, unsurprisingly, to say congratulations on this fine piece, Rhonda. Viv x
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 7:48:00 PM

    Rhonda, congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 5:59:00 PM

    An amazing write, Rhonda! So enthralling! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 2:43:00 PM

    Extremely beautiful, romantic imagery in this epic poem, Rhonda! You have a gift for words, for sure! Lovely, and congrats to you, too :)
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 12:39:00 PM

    I'm blown away.....I'm blow away by the brilliance of this write, Sweetie. I see congrats are also in order! :) Beautiful....Hugs
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 12:18:00 PM

    Rhonda,, Congratulations on the win. SKAT
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 11:01:00 AM

    surely,a moment to remember, rhonda... what a special, radiant memoir!.. huggs
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 9:29:00 AM

    I do hope this is a treasured memory and not a poet's vision, either way it is a beautiful story..good luck in the contest
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 5:04:00 AM

    This is so beautifully crafted, emotional and deep. a tale of love encountered, love experienced and love lost. all the best in this winning write!
  1. Date: 7/27/2015 1:41:00 AM

    Lovely, wistful bucketful of precious memories, Rhonda. If this doesn't win, I'll be on the phone to the department of justice straight away. Viv x