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Date Night (and the day after)

Opening line from "Highway Five Love Poem" by Ruth L. Schwartz


This is a love poem for all the tomatoes
I squished to make our Date-Night spaghetti.
Our love, like the pasta, was shiny.  So the story goes.

We sit at our table, between us a rose
Red as the marinara I chose.  (He let me).
This is a love poem for all our tomatoes.

We watch the steam, which the mouth quickly blows
Away (like the wind and those petals the day he met me).
Our love, like the pasta, was sticky.  So the story goes.

We sip our red wine.  Chianti, it has a good nose.
(In the morning, do you think he will regret me?)
This is a love poem.  For all our tomatoes

Are gone, just as the wine hides grapes squished by toes
in authentic California vineyards.  (You get me?)
Our love, like the pasta, was steamy.  So the story goes.

We finish our meal with gestures the other knows.
(I wonder if he'll someday forget me.)
This isn't a love poem for all our tomatoes.
Our love, like our pasta, was al dente.  So our story goes.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2006




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Date: 3/29/2011 3:28:00 AM
I remember this one from the winners circle of an earlier poetrysoup contest . So nice to read it again. Sensational Vilanelle, Erin. Many congrats on this sensational feature of the week. Elaine
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Date: 3/28/2011 6:27:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved featured poem this week Erin. Love, Carol
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Date: 3/27/2011 6:32:00 PM
Congratulations on your poem Date Night being featured this week, Erin
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Date: 5/30/2009 5:41:00 AM
Deaer Erin, This is a metaphorical masterpiece! Lainie
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Date: 5/30/2009 2:06:00 AM
Nice use of form! Congratulations on having your poetry featured this week. Kindest thoughts, Anna-Marie.
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Date: 5/26/2009 3:39:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week. Love, Carol
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Date: 5/25/2009 2:06:00 AM
Congratulations on this featured beautiful write. More power and success in all your endeavors. Ernilando
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Date: 5/24/2009 4:37:00 PM
Just wanted to drop by and add congratulations on having your poem featured for the second time to my other comment. I wish you ongoing success with your writing. Karen
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Date: 12/21/2008 10:22:00 AM
Erin, Congratulations om YOUR Featured POEM "Date Night(and the day after) This form is hard to write but YOU have done so beautiful with it Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring Health and Prosperity To YOU and Yours...HG
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Date: 12/18/2008 4:42:00 PM
Erin - Congrats on having your poetry featured this week – Merry Christmas & God Bless, MJ
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Date: 12/16/2008 7:08:00 PM
Erin, this is BRILLIANT!!!! lainie
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Date: 12/15/2008 5:27:00 PM
Congratulations on your featured write of the week! Warmest wishes for a beautiful holiday season. Love, Shar
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Date: 12/15/2008 6:38:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Erin. Love, Carol
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Date: 12/14/2008 4:16:00 PM
Thanks for allowing me to chuckle with this poem. Congratulations on having it featured. Keep on writing! Karen
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