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Before The Touch


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Love your phrasing--your word choice. Third stanza beautifully brings the reader home to your message. Really appreciate how you framed this story.


 Comment Written 17-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 18-Oct-2020
    Thanks so much for taking the time to review...I always appreciate it!--Karenina
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Oh, what a beautiful image of love in later years, Karenina -- so awesome in the emotions you are able to stoke on a heart that may have even forgotten what it could be like! :) ;) Wonderful offering of subtle rhythm and whispered rhyme (so smooth you don't even 'see' it but 'feel' it!!) from the heart and to the wistful soul!! ;) :) Thanx for sharing, my lady! ;) Yvette


 Comment Written 15-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    I am grateful and honored that you've reviewed this work so favorably! I hadn't written in awhile and am so pleased that this particular offering seemed to move so many! Blessings and stay well! Thanks--Karenina
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What an absolutely beautiful love poem. You describe the perfect loving relationship, where silence is comfortable, and unspoken words are understood. Your last two lines basically describe my dream for my elder years, and the picture and background color you chose fit them perfectly.


 Comment Written 15-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    Love has a depth and richness to it as we grow older together... Often love has that depth and richness if we ARE older when we meet the soulmate we've imagined must have passed us by in our youth! A lot of romantics on site because this poem seems to have hit the heart of a lot of readers! Those final two lines are MY dream of my elder years as well! Thank-you!--Karenina

reply by Michele Harber on 15-Oct-2020
    I married my husband when I was 34 and he was 38. We'd each had serious relationships before, but this was the one that was meant to be, and it's stronger than ever now, 25 years later. Add me to that list of romantics. I've always been, and hope I always will be.

reply by the author on 16-Oct-2020
    So happy for you two! Love sometimes happens later than we planned when we were young teens... The important thing is you both found the RIGHT "keeper!" (smile)--Karenina

reply by Michele Harber on 16-Oct-2020
    Exactly! Thanks, Karenina.
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A very nicely written sonnet with a message that hit home with my married-52-years stage of life.
I really liked the calming effect of your thoughts and images--reassurance that we can "enjoy the time we've got."
Thanks for sharing this with us, and good luck in your writing.


 Comment Written 15-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    God bless ANYONE who manages fifty-two years of marriage! Since all humans have foibles I'm sure you two had some ups and downs as all of us have had...still, if you weather the storm, there is this peaceful comfort of acceptance and silent sweetness... Thank you!--Karenina
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Love this. Being an aging romantic, it really touched me. "Intimacy's truth" wow. The last line leaves worlds yet to be discovered even when older.
Excellent poem.


 Comment Written 14-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    If I could write my book of how my later days would be...a cabin, rockers, silent sweetness...ah. Almost makes the golden years ---well, GOLDEN! Thanks!--Karenina

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reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    What poet said "Grow old with me, the best is yet to come?" I just asked "Mr. Google" (as my six year old grandson calls it...and I slightly mangled the quote but for our joint enjoyment here it is in its entirety: --"?Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!?

    ― Robert Browning

    Yes! Let it be like that!--Karenina

reply by Roberta Liszcz on 15-Oct-2020
    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. My grandson calls it doodle...he has some trouble with his hard g sound LOL

reply by the author on 16-Oct-2020
    Grandkids make growing old ALMOST worth it! "doodle"---that is SO cute! When my kiddos were young my daughter said "hopsital" for hospital and my son said Basketti for spaghetti. Their 39 and 41 and I still tease them about it!--K
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Hey Karenina, I always thought you had a way with rhythm and rhyme and this fine poem is an excellent example of your skill.

Yes, the impossible is reached as this couple realizes truth is real love, as they capture moments at a rustic cabin and the unlit torch is a brilliant touch.

My pleasure to read and review today. :)

Gloria


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reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    Hey Gloria! Since you know I hold you and precious few others on a very high pedestal for your talent this review means so much. Thank you for continuing to encourage me in my efforts! Karenina
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The poem has realness and a touch of saddness.
The words bring about a calm feeling and looking to the future to do better. Good presentation. Thanks for sharing.


 Comment Written 14-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    Ah. I can see why you may feel a tinge of sadness. Their life, after all, is winding down to dusk. Still, remaining in love and content is overall a wonderful gift! Thanks--Karenina
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How beautiful this poem is. The upward view through the tress and the cursive, make this poem elegant. "Every moment shared fulfills a need." I love that line. Not just in personal relationships, but in all of them, we are bound by needing each other and appreciating moments.
Thanks for such a heartfelt look at what true love is and how it lasts into rocking chairs, at least for the wise who appreciate their fate!
Tina


 Comment Written 14-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    Tina, this review touched me. I feel the very same-not only in romantic love--but EVERY MOMENT happens (even the challenging ones) in order to fulfill a need... Thanks for bringing that to the forefront!-Karenina
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This is a well written poem and I liked the golden background and thought it a nice touch as I tend to associate gold colour with Autumn. Thank you for sharing and stay safe.


 Comment Written 14-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    Here in New England gold and brilliant reds are commonplace ... The leaves become like earth gems--ALMOST as precious as true and lasting love! Thanks for reviewing.--Karenina
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lovely poem it has great feeling and wisdom of age.
It speaks advise of how to treasure the here and now and not always be looking for what is next.
really enjoyed this Thanks


 Comment Written 14-Oct-2020



reply by the author on 15-Oct-2020
    Thanks Julie! I'm not wise enough to "advise" anyone...(smile)---
    But I'm happy to credit the muse with allowing these words to sneak into my head! Thanks--Karenina
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