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Indelible

I was seventeen, had one year left of high school and a boyfriend I didn't even love. It was the end of summer, and I was on the verge of a night indelible because it was incredible for me. If "tall, dark, and handsome" had a face, it belonged to one who walked into the store I worked at nightly all alone. He brought with him a smile just for me - beautiful, magical, seducing. Were he music, he'd have been the warmest song to ever touch my soul. Perhaps it was the moon, lunacy-inducing, that made me crave his visits more and more, for he'd come each night into the store, his ritual to tease me with his glances; then stand in line with just one purchase, engaging me with words deliciously belying that he spoke my native tongue. Did he know I fairly worshiped him? And where was Aphrodite to let her dear Adonis wander free? I learned eventually he was staying with a brother and soon would be returning to Quebec. I do not know, but I can now infer the moon waxed full by the time he asked me out, for I had waxed complete in my audacity. Knowing it was his last night in town, I closed the store up early and fled with my Prince Charming. The stuff of poetry that night transpired. . .fodder for the several poems of romance I've since penned. Sitting in his car in front of my own house, late at night, into the early morning. . . The way he gazed into my eyes, teaching me of butterfly kisses and his breathing his sweet breath along my ear lobes, the way our fingers interlaced, the way he caressed the small of my back. . . He taught me how small things can be just as sensuous as that act of love that virgins do not know, and he branded me with a yearning for a sweet romantic love I'd never felt so strongly, nor would I ever know again as wonderfully as I was shown that night, for others in my life I've kissed, yet I have never missed them. My dream love wrote me postcards from Quebec. Then it all died out. I married. A few years passed; then I got a call from him, completely unexpected! Somehow he'd tracked me down to my new home. I took the call, as I held my firstborn baby daughter in one arm. Heart in my throat, I told him it was nice to hear from him, but I was married now. So though I'll never know what "may have been," I'm still left with the memory I chose to make with him that one day of my life, my very best, because for just one night, I was Cinderella. A prince still holds my slipper, and infinite romance lives on inside my poems. For Frank Herrera's First Love Poetry Contest

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Date: 4/13/2018 9:49:00 PM
O Andrea, this is a delicious poem. Cinderella indeed.
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Date: 2/22/2018 7:19:00 PM
A wistful recollection of first love, Andrea , at least you had an inkling your future together was not to be. And at least I never had to get out that cheque book :). Lovely write. Viv x
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Date: 10/26/2017 11:41:00 AM
I see why this was a winner Andrea. You poured out your heart on this one. Congratulations. I can relate. Excellent! : )
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Date: 10/10/2015 11:45:00 AM
Andrea, Congratulations on your win. SKAT
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Date: 10/8/2015 2:27:00 AM
Wonderful write Andrea! Congrats on superb win!
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Date: 10/8/2015 12:55:00 AM
Andrea, I remember this beautiful and romantic write. Congratulations on your win:-)Alexis
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Date: 10/8/2015 12:09:00 AM
What a moment to cherish. Memories like this are with us forever. The what ifs also follow in our minds. I am so happy you shared this with us Andrea. For sure it is your Cinderella story and a great one at that. Congratulations on your win!
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Date: 10/7/2015 4:47:00 PM
This is the saddest group of poems in a contest I have ever been a part of. Not only is yours beautiful and romantic, I am happy no one died or worse (yes, it seems that sad after reading everyone.) I not only enjoyed your poem, I have experienced it and well know the feelings ... CayCay
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Date: 10/7/2015 10:09:00 AM
Congratulations.
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Date: 11/12/2014 9:14:00 PM
WOW, now that is romance. Still lives with you to this day. A masterful write. Again I love it.
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Date: 5/6/2013 7:22:00 AM
Really indelible!
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Date: 4/13/2013 1:05:00 AM
Easy to imagine tears shed as you wrote this. Wonderfully romantic story, Andrea, but makes me spare a thought, too, for those you've "kissed but barely missed". -Red
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Date: 3/27/2013 1:46:00 AM
Dear Andrea, Congratulations on YOUR Winning POEM "Indelible" in the Contest "One of YOUR Greatest Days" Sponsored by Dan Kearley. A Well Deserved WIN If that were me I'd stay there with YOU Superb Pen. With LOVE ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...HG
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Date: 3/19/2013 10:31:00 PM
Hi Andrea, your poem is just beautiful, what a lovely way and day! Congratulations with your amazing poem, always~ LINDA
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Date: 1/17/2013 6:04:00 AM
Hmmm...back to this Gem!!
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Date: 10/13/2012 2:52:00 AM
Wow, how does the song go, 'what ever will be will be' I look at this poem out side of the box Andrea, and every word reads pure magic, in everything that you are....but the word which comes to mind from me to you, is Sincerity and every aspect related to that word... beautiful poem, beautiful Lady...
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Date: 1/6/2012 1:42:00 AM
WOW, first is the aphrodite and her adonis line now is this beautiful picture of a fountain of a fairytale romace in the last paragragh. i enjoy this, mia cara.
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Date: 10/15/2011 8:09:00 AM
You wrote a beautiful entry, Andrea...breathtaking beauty! Timing of his call....unimaginable! Congrats on this awesome piece!
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Date: 10/14/2011 6:03:00 PM
great one Andie! the one who got away! congrad's light & love
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Date: 10/13/2011 8:48:00 PM
Such romantic notions we do often have, of the what-might-have-been experiences in our younger lives. No doubt, our lives would be much the same....only with someone else? Who knows? But this is what dreams are made from....it never hurts to hold the dream. :) Congrats on your win!!
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Date: 10/13/2011 6:09:00 PM
Congrats Andrea on a well deserved sweet success in one stand out day with this electrifying entry full of energetic lines .. always a treat to read u my friend..luv..
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Date: 10/13/2011 4:36:00 PM
A very sensuous and well told tale. Congratulations on your win Andrea
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Date: 10/13/2011 3:25:00 PM
Congratulations on your poetry placing in Frank's "One Stand Out Day" contest Andrea. Love, Carol
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Date: 1/28/2011 11:43:00 PM
Hey true story? Envy him!--kashinath
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Date: 1/6/2011 8:18:00 PM
lCongratulations Andrea. A night every girls dream of and you acutally have to remember. Great story. Love, joyce
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