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Flirtation with Ecstasy

It was so long ago
yet, I can remember everything. 
Barely an adult, I was on holiday on the Islands

In the glow of tropical sunset, I saw her
a raven-haired beauty
Having not yet mastered the finesse of flirtation,
I struggled for something to say, perhaps
a nonchalant approach!
That would be unique for me.
My years of teenage gallivanting had 
been clumsy. 
I had to try
and so,  encouraged by the 
voices of the palm trees in the breeze,
I said hello.

In my mind’s eye, I could see it.
A secret rendezvous,
an equatorial moon shimmers
as we make love.

Then, to my surprise, she returns
my simple greeting,
Hello, said she.
Sweating my precarious position,
I stumbled

As I continued my awkward presentation,
a scorpion crossed the corner of my eye
as if to say, danger is present 
yet worth the risk

She did acquiesce 

Funny, as I recall that the ecstasy
was not in our clandestine encounter
later that night,
as we shared only simple conversation.

Rather, it was that she said yes.


5/6/18
Contest: 8 Difficult words
Sponsor: Emile Pinet

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Date: 5/16/2018 1:23:00 AM
Love this - effortless natural flow - Takes me back too - a nostalgic masterpiece. V
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/16/2018 8:22:00 AM
Thank you so very much, Virginia. I certainly appreciate your kind words xxoo
Date: 5/15/2018 4:13:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. Well done.
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/15/2018 5:21:00 PM
Thanks so much Susan xxoo
Date: 5/14/2018 1:50:00 PM
Congratulations for your win Mike :)
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/14/2018 1:56:00 PM
Thank you so much, Heidi, I was very happy about it xxoo
Date: 5/12/2018 9:48:00 PM
Back with well deserved congrats, Mike. Well done.
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/13/2018 8:57:00 AM
Thanks Line xxoo
Date: 5/12/2018 6:54:00 PM
Congratulations Mike, your poem earned a distinguished place in my contest, it was a very tough contest to judge, well done my friend, Emile.
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/12/2018 6:58:00 PM
Thank you so much,Emile I am so very pleased, xxoo
Date: 5/9/2018 7:30:00 PM
Love it! Well-put, and its truth resonates with me loudly and clearly! Should do well in the contest, you'd think... ~ Gershon
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/9/2018 8:17:00 PM
Thanks, I do hope she likes it!!’
Date: 5/8/2018 1:33:00 PM
Very clever and impressive with a point made that is so very, very true. All around this is a great read, light weight and deep both, it is completely entertaining. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/8/2018 2:17:00 PM
Thanks so much, Caycay, I really appreciate your thoughts xxoo
Date: 5/6/2018 1:00:00 PM
Hello Mike, to me this reads as a romantic poem not a narrative poem. I enjoyed this poem. have a nice day my friend.xxxx-oooo.
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/6/2018 3:55:00 PM
Thanks Darlene, perhaps it is both, maybe, as always, I appreciate your kind words xxoo
Date: 5/6/2018 10:44:00 AM
I hope Emile loves this excellent poem as much as I did, you wove the words into a wonderful tale...that reads like a distant memory :-) hugs jan xx
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/6/2018 3:53:00 PM
Thanks so much Jan it actually is a memory and distant xxoo
Date: 5/6/2018 10:17:00 AM
Excellent poem--awesome ending. Din't realize you used those difficult words until the end as your poem flows so wonderfully..a simple but elegant story..this should be a top win, Mike.
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/6/2018 4:00:00 PM
You are very kind Vijay, I really appreciate your encouragement, Happy Sunday!!!
Date: 5/6/2018 9:39:00 AM
Well written for the contest Mike! Happy Sunday :)
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/6/2018 10:06:00 AM
Thank you Heidi, I love how you are always so encouraging, Happy Sunday xxoo
Date: 5/6/2018 9:19:00 AM
A most endearing and lovely shyness. I particularly loved your lines "and so, encouraged by the voices of the palm trees in the breeze, I said hello" and your wrap up of course. Superbly done Mike.
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Mike Gentile
Date: 5/6/2018 10:06:00 AM
Thank you so much, Line and Happy Sunday to you xxoo