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Valentine's Tube Ride
by Jane Rodway

Thursday, February 17, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A Valentine poem based on the calendar painting for February by Hannah Bonner.
I know it's long, hopefully won't put anyone to sleeeeeeeeeepp......zzzzzzzz!!:)

not of roses-
bustling fragrances
from Paris, Italy,
and wet raincoats,
spicy food,
hand lotion
swirling round
the doors.

eyes on pages
of magazines
insulting her
on how to satisfy
her man,
lost between the covers
of Dostoevsky's dreams,
and the directions
drawn on a scrap map.

yet not-
to babies gurgling
over their Mother's shoulders,
the sound of high heels
against the metal floor,
the crispness of turning pages
in thick fingers,
and her steady,

off into space
for lost love,
where she last saw him
from the window of the train,
eyes dragging old tears along
from yesterday's final kiss,
his shoes moving up and down
across the pavement
until they were lost among
all the rest,
the crowd of nobodies,
as she tried to forget
his one last look
into her eyes
where nobody lived

Valentine's Day
within the shuttle of life,
this rocking bearer of
humanity's dreams,
Love blasted across pages
and slim volumes of literature,
she thinks of him only a moment longer-
then disappears in her
midnight blue jacket
and brown loafers,
gripping tight his
borrowed umbrella,
wet with raindrops
and a fool's tears,
her head becoming
a part of the Tube map,
her body clinging
to the sticky orange seat,
bringing her home
to herself.

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Reviewed by Tom Hyland 2/27/2005
Michelle: Splendiferous Write! The images, colors, and heart-felt mourning are truly well-penned!

Valentine's Day - "Parting is such sweet sweet sorrow!" This, my Dear, you have captured here - eloquently.

Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 2/24/2005
London Tube, Paris Metro or New York Subway Michelle? What great sources of inspiration they all are.

No chance of going to sleep in this one.
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/22/2005
Wonderful Image filled piece
she took us along the jolted memory flicking through pages
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/19/2005
well done
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/18/2005
The vacant stare, of nobody there.

You sure can do ekphrasic, better than anyone..
Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/18/2005
this is good from the first line to the last, i did not lose interest anywhere
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/18/2005
Great imagery. Thoroughly captivating creation, Michelle. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/17/2005
Good thing I just woke!!

Great write Michelle....see still awake to write this...hehehehe!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by jude forese 2/17/2005
some very good eye-opening imagery ...
Reviewed by Paul Williams 2/17/2005
This finely crafted piece wouldn't send anyone to sleep Michelle...the imagery is so tangible you can reach out and touch it.

Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/17/2005
It wasn't long, Michelle;-). Or maybe it's because you are so good at bringing a painting/picture to life that it is such a joy to read when you do one.This is a beauty that was a pleasure to read!

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/17/2005
Well it was very enjoyable and no I did not go to sleep.

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