Love in the Afternoon


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    Poem Commentary

    We all seek love and can be easily fooled when desperation sets in

    Love in the Afternoon

    Love in the Afternoon


    The scene: Thursday afternoon at a swank store in the city

    I enter the store with eyes searching and spy her immediately   

    She stands motionless; her mouth adorned with a slight smile

    Eyes of ocean blue staring blankly past me and beyond

    Lips as dark red as spring cherries on the vine

    I walk toward her but she ignores me as I approach

    I note that her hair is silver blond

    Strange, yesterday I could swear it was auburn with light streaks

    Her stance is posed as if trying to impress

    She is immaculately dressed

    Silk blouse with a coordinated cashmere skirt

    Spiked heels shaping her legs to perfection

    I try to seem uninterested as I draw ever closer

    Knowing that a lady of her stature might well be offended

    My pulse quickens as I stop immediately in front of her

    I turn and clear my throat to speak

    It is then that I notice the sadness in her eyes

    Words are frozen in my throat

    Obviously this is not the day to introduce myself

    This is the third day this week that I have seen her here

    And I fear that tomorrow could be too late

    But then again one must not rush the path to romance

    So I decide that I will return the next afternoon in hopes of finding her here

    Maybe then her eyes will send a more favorable message

    And I can find the courage to express my love

    I depart with anticipation of the day to follow

    The store darkens as lights are turned off for the night

    Doors are locked and the night watchmen begins his rounds

    He sees the figure a few aisles away and hastens to investigate

    A lovely figure with eyes of ocean blue and hair of silver blond

    As he approaches he smiles and softly chuckles

    It’s just that lovely mannequin again, she fools me every time.


    ©Copyright Charlie Gragg 2009         

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    mamasan commented on Love in the Afternoon


    Ah, you bard of eloquence as I read this tome I could hear the sad strains of a violin but there was an instance when I caught a fleeting pizzicato and in the background where there were mannequins dancing on their high heeled stilts...they were marching and just one of them with silver blond hair just seemed to be on her way to a place. Gosh, this poetry really got me going and somehow or other despite the last heart pumps hard because maybe I am way off.......but I feel there is some sad news tucked away inside the lines. ty mamasan



    You are very correct my dear. The story of a lonely soul so desperate for love that he lets reality elude hin in his quest.

    connsk8 commented on Love in the Afternoon


    lol, you are so clever in your work, always something new, something different , never predicatable!!!



    Many thanks.

    Crush commented on Love in the Afternoon


    what a lovely, strange, wonderful, sad , thoughtful and tremendous poem/ statement. i was with you the whole way and was cheering you on. i am a little saddened but what a great write. thank you. reading deeper, i get a sense of unattainable love . 10 from me, mate.



    Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

    GentleT commented on Love in the Afternoon


    A crude turn of events with the surprise ending. Nice job. As stated if you look into the depth of it you can take a lot from it.



    A very astute observation. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Charlie23 commented on Love in the Afternoon


    I often love the last line of your poems, Hampton, as they're are not at all what I'm expecting! This one put a huge smile on my face!



    The last line is often intended to provide the message. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

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    The Poetess 14
    Nonsense 12
    Solitude 18
    Lame Limericks 14
    Message to Papa 15
    Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
    The Mind In Motion 13
    The Game of Poetry 9
    Silence 55
    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
    You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
    Saturday Night 13
    Political Change? 14
    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
    Remembering 11
    This Web We Weave 13
    The End 16
    The Day the Clouds Cried 16
    The Path of Life 12
    My Mother Ruth 12
    Humanities Challenge 14
    A Cowboy's Perspective 12
    July in Buda Texas 14
    The OP Poets Parade 20
    The Chatelaine 12
    Shot Through the Heart 17
    Poetry and Fine Wine 18
    The Man What Am 10
    The Final Beat of My Heart 16
    The Rainbow of Poets 19
    A Cowboy's Lament 13
    Of This World I am Not 17
    The Wee People 19
    An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
    The Scent of Love 14
    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
    Memories of Times Past 13
    The Dance of the Poets 20
    The Confession 14
    Road to Obscurity 18
    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
    New Year News from Buda Texas 13
    We Are All Witnesses 16
    Christmas 25
    A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
    The 9 ers 24
    Love Defined 27
    Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
    More News From Buda Texas 26
    Choices 26
    News from Buda, Texas 21
    In Search of God 21
    Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
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    Visions from Within the Mist 18
    Baseball 12
    The Night Stalker 16
    The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
    The Sounds of Time 17
    The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
    Blah Blah Blah 14
    One Two Three 13
    Carpe Viam 11
    Love in the Afternoon 13
    The Moth 14
    Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
    The Creative Process 19
    The Truth and the Tribe 19
    The Long Wait. 19
    Feathers 26
    The Arrow 14
    Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
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    Friends 11
    Angels Without Wings 20
    The Rider 16
    Pride and Shame 18
    The Winning Poet is.... 21
    Memories 13
    Politicians 67
    Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
    God's Visit 17
    Poets and Poems 20
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    Renewal 8
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    Time and Space 5
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    Gift To The Fallen 16
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