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Read Poems by Rhonda Johnson-Saunders

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A Novel Obsession



tap of nails, slide wood, pull drapes 
stains loiter in round mug shapes

water sipped, books stack, words leap
hush wizened pages, neighbors sleep 

journals, confessionals, down or up
old cartridge spills, pens horde in cup

shackled hands, lungs breathe, heart drums 
an empty tissue box, lamp hums

Try, stay busy, must forget
One more read, she might regret
 
mordacious night, she wakes from sleep 
her bursting thoughts alone must keep 
pack nightstand, smooth trifle snags 
slip his book in its carry-on bag

His words elicit songs in ear  
from his masterpiece, held dear 
open drawer, last book in pile
bottom of the heap, exiled

giving in, she dares to rest  
his hard cover on her chest
remove jacket, ne’er oppress
dust off passion and caress

thumb his chapters, breathe him in  
recite his name and notes again

too much cologne, too much sweat
open pages, fan her breast

She knows he does not write for her
emotions shatter, dreams endure 
she scribbles margins in duress 
between his lines, her discontent 
the nightstand drawer hides her distress
she’s indexed under “o”, obsessed 
   
 

Written 4/4/17 for Eight Word Challenge Contest


Copyright © Rhonda Johnson-Saunders | Year Posted 2017

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  1. Date: 8/6/2017 10:52:00 AM

    Fantastic write...truly fantastic, Rhonda - Top marks! I thought it was time to call round and inquire to as how you are - Well I hope! My very warmest regards Rhonda. :) john P.s This deserves to be published!
  1. Date: 5/5/2017 8:43:00 AM

    This is AMAZING. I absolutely loved reading and feeling it. I got up and made 3 other people read it because I couldn't bare not to share the treasure that I've found. Truly beautifully written. Thank you for sharing.
  1. Date: 5/5/2017 12:20:00 AM

    This poem kept me spellbound Rhonda. Amazing how each line with two or three words felt so comfortable with the rest. I love this style. Is this a creation of yours Rhonda? I am not familiar with it. It makes quite an evocative impact! 7 ; )
  1. Date: 5/1/2017 9:49:00 PM

    Such delicious poetry Rhonda :)
  1. Date: 4/22/2017 3:52:00 AM

    Another brilliant write by the master. A Fav. Lots Of Love always, hope you and yours are doing well.
  1. Date: 4/9/2017 1:44:00 PM

    For poetic style and content this is the winner, unfortunately for this contest a little long, shorter would have placed higher, but I could not ignore this masterpiece!
  1. Date: 4/6/2017 10:19:00 AM

    Hey, this is great! So much passion and depth to this write!
  1. Date: 4/5/2017 6:34:00 PM

    What a feverish read!!! Enjoyed it all.
  1. Date: 4/5/2017 5:40:00 PM

    Wow Rhonda, wow. I actually forgot I was reading altogether as I got lost in this amazing poem. Your words just pulled me into the world you have created and I wandered around spellbound the entire time. I felt like I was watching a movie. This was so good and if this doesn't win that contest, then I will be extremely disappointed. Really well done my friend.

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