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OPIUM OPINES On the mantle of my memory over fantasy’s fireplace is the remembrance of that one most precious evening when snow consecrated and baptized our roof along with its promise of a childish sleigh ride in the morning But that single cherished night meant so much more than the next violet colored dawning We watched as the flaming fireplace placed dancing and ever changing shapes and shadows upon the wall of imported Spanish clay Images you imagined and described in such a childlike and universally unique way It was a moon’s minute after the joy of a snowball throwing and love growing day “Oh honey, that shadow looks like a cameo of a lady from the eighteen hundreds who once knitted two pairs of mittens for her twins And that one looks like a guppy with his flighty colored fins” I was left breathless at your beauty and the fantasy you wove with wonder bewitched by your eyes witnessed so winsome and wide As you allowed a fairy tale combined with youthfulness to become our guide We were already middle aged but the middle of that night created the height of heat And your attempts to decadently decorate the dull spaces in the living room of my life were deemed complete The shadows still danced upon the wall but our eyes were shut tightly and forthrightly while wrapped in a mystically magical embrace You wanted those shadows to remain alive so I stoked the logs just in case As the fire fueled passion while I gazed at your silhouette so silken and sleek Then we closed our eyes once again and let our lips, although silent, begin to speak They swore allegiance and reliance for the two of us to share While the fire flickered on with finesse and fiery flair My head would have been in the clouds but the nighttime sky projected only stars and swear I your countenance of comeliness could heal even the scars on Mars while you formed words akin to the purest Oriental opiate that sent me two galaxies high But those words, as did the shadows cast, faded at your final and forever “goodbye” © 2010… cee!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2012

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