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Swallowing the Truth
by Tracey L Hardie
Sunday, July 17, 2005
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Swallowing the Truth

I remember the first time I saw you
through a wide-angle lens,
the thumbnail moon-cratered grin
that appeared when two girls swayed
by with curls and rose-tipped lips
who could not resist sending you silent kisses.
I was 15.

For years I watched you from across the street
at the coffee shop where you would sit bared feet;
where men looked deep
into their cups
for answers—
sometimes, swallowed one sip at a time.

Leaning casually against my door
I watched you carefully watching others,
slouched nonchalantly in your chair
as if you had all the answers and didn’t care.
It seemed as if during the passing of years
drinking java amongst men
you swallowed more then coffee.

I wondered
how many more years would it take
for you to look-up from your cup
past the distractions that veered
between places unseen
and find my lens.

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Reviewed by Dale Clark 7/19/2005
It's always the distractions right that
cloud the vision. Great write Tracey and
so nice to see you back.
Reviewed by Edward Lupinacci 7/18/2005
I guess that all depends on whether you stay with a wide angle lens or not
I think I would be insulted that you would feel you would need a lens like that to capture all of me LOL

Excellent poem you have here. I got the feeling of invisibility out of it. and I do like that it represent a snapshot of a moment basically showing a duality of meaning in the poem
Reviewed by Sue Hess 7/18/2005
WOW, this is fantastic...a little piece of life seen thru your words and her camera. i loved this tracey
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 7/17/2005
Nice To Relate Never Debate Only Escape Past That Wasn't You-Now You Never Look Back!

Credit For Those Memories Write: We've All Had,i.e. You can't Believe How Thankful I Am To Have Got Out of Relationships Long Before They Ended In Distractions From The Your Past!

You Can Travel 3000 Miles Away To No Where And Sure As Hell Sum One From Your Past Will Be There--Why I Never Look Back Unseen Memories!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/17/2005
A little nostalgia in this one for me!!

Took me wayyyyyyyyy back!!


Love Tinka
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/17/2005
Insightful and very "in the moment". Thank you, Tracie. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 7/17/2005
This rings with a sense of "yesterday" and the truth of "today". A truly fine write.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/17/2005
Very well written with excellent imagery Tracey!

Reviewed by jude forese 7/17/2005
unique, clever perspective ...
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/17/2005
An intriguing piece!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 7/17/2005
This is excellent, Tracie. Well expressed. Thank you.

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/17/2005
Obscenely voyeuristic--love it!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/17/2005
An intriguing 'slice of life' poem, Tracey, and very good.
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