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Hold on My Heart

Memory's Serenade

By Judey Kalchik Published 6 months ago 1 min read
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Hush! hear the serenade

Whisper through leaves then cascade

As he calls for me through time

Weaving his web of rhyme.

~

Stroking me with a voice of well-touched velvet

My longing rises, body remembering our secret

I was ready for love to become corporeal

Not just a girl's dream of things ethereal.

~

In that dark room, he was a riddled enigma

And I was afraid, yearning, wary of the stigma

Following his lead through the heady new labyrinth

Spring, the breeze scenting my memories with hyacinth.

~

Now, here's this song, stirring emotion

Reminding me of days of devotion

Days of girlish dreams, longings, and love

That, one by one, I learned to let go of.

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But, in his way, I feel he loved me

Not enough, but love has no guarantee

Still, strains of rock and words of Genesis

Reminds me of the boy and his passionate gentleness.

~~~

This was written as a response to Randy Baker's unofficial February Challenge, and contains all 7 words he gave as a prompt. Only six were required, but, as I did not do in high school, I figured I would go all the way and use all 7.

Thank you for the prompt Randy, and thank you Neil Diamond for the nudge I needed, Phil Collins for the remembered drum beat that day, and a certain Nobel Prize winner for leaving such a fond spot in my heart.

Comments welcomed

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Judey Kalchik

It's my time to find and use my voice.

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Comments (6)

  • Novel Allen5 months ago

    Lots of confessions and lost love and remembered trysts and remembered love and, this has been a wild ride of emotions. May the boy ever be gentle, remembered so fondly.

  • But, in his way, I feel he loved me Not enough, but love has no guarantee These lines resonated so deeply with me! Loved your poem!

  • Nicely done. Corporeal would be nice.

  • Chloe Gilholy6 months ago

    I loved this cause it took me back to high school and I love the Phil Colin’s song too.

  • Kenny Penn6 months ago

    Excellent Poem. Brings back a lot of memories. Things were so different when I was a teen. At least, that’s the way it feels LOL

  • J. Delaney-Howe6 months ago

    Love this!!!

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