This poem was born from the inspired words found at ThreeWordWednesday.com and listed below.
I was grateful to have some impetus to continue to process one image that kept playing in my mind: a turtleneck that exists only in my mind and the memory of a man who long ago existed in my life.
Love when words, fiction and slivers of fact intersect.
Jab, verb: poke (someone or something) roughly or quickly, especially with something sharp or pointed; poke someone or something roughly or quickly with (a sharp or pointed object or a part of the body); noun: a quick, sharp blow, especially with the fist, a sharp painful sensation or feeling.
Labored, adjective: done with great effort and difficulty, (especially of humor or a performance) not spontaneous or fluent.
Makeshift, adjective: serving as a temporary substitute; sufficient for the time being; noun: a temporary substitute or device.
He fancied himself romantic
His neck, bent, just slightly east
Glasses on, to read his poetry
To better gaze deeply into her eyes
(whichever her was handiest)
Perhaps jade green or cocoa brown or slate grey eyes –
His makeshift diploma in all
subjects Rico Suave
hung on his shoulder blade and
Made for a labored viewing
she sat silenced by the each
one would hope, anyway
jab, quick throttle, toe kicking lunge
Noo one there knew, in the collage of wordsmiths
What he hadn’t done
Perhaps hadn’t even crossed his mind
Once upon the last 5,655 days
He had never felt the
Itching of his skin underneath
the turtleneck, aubergine
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