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"Love is like a river that flows through your soul, caressing the banks, cascading over stones, unhampered by a fallen tree, rolling gently out to sea...unconditionally."



He asked again

if I love him...

as his tears enunciated the spaces

and time ...

the distance in between

this slow dance of togetherness,

this rare and elusive betrothal

of heart and soul, man to woman.

Does he realize

I can refuse him nothing

this spirit kindred so undeniable

I have found

with a love so profound

it pales in the simile of the sunshine

that will grace tomorrow’s sands?


He asks if I want him,

in pleading tones recollected

as I walk this nightly path, a rehearsal

in silent ballet with his spirit,

heart spiraling through stolen moments

in preparation for the next entrechat.

Oh muse, it is far more than want this love.

As sure as the waning moon illuminates

the midnight tide,

huge and pale orange as he consumes my thoughts

and I succumb…

surrender to him like a child

running home in heaven's torrent

to be cleansed of  foolish insecurity

seeking shelter and temptation

in the tinder of his embrace.

Mere love and longing like stepping stones

from verbal allure

to fidelity and emotion's promise. 

Steadfast affirmation...

this aching need for forever's embrace.

Retreat heart from those empty spaces 

in the eye of life's storm and revel 

in dulcet deluge of discovery.

I seek the beauty that remains

And I find it in you.

Make love to me in nature's metaphor,

as one with dawn’s arousing scintillance

in her aqueous tone of marsh grasses and tidal surge…

in those places where your youth absorbed the lure

and wonder ever endures

as you rediscover it through me.


Indulge me in your secret spaces.

Capture me in your romance.

Share this love within memory's eye

As we have met in centuries before,

tinted by the innocence of your first view

in turquoise pendulumed twilight…

and when the past becomes familiar,

we will find new places of our own.


Now ask me once again if I love you...

or is it I who should ask you?


Will you save your last dance for me?




Taylor Ryan

Valentine's Day
February 14. 2007



Copyright.TaylorRyan 2007




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Reviewed by Dark Knight
The last dance is reserved for you Ms. Taylor Ryan by a Romantic Dark Knight-excellent poetry
Reviewed by Jeff Mason
This SO thoroughly entrances and engulfs me that I [CANNOT] begin to describe in simple language what it does to me; and even in complex discourse, I would struggle to embody the fullness of emotion encompassed by this scintillating and dare I say stunning jewel of literary prosaic poetry. Keep up the increible work! -- Jeff
Reviewed by A PAX

Indulge me in your secret spaces.

Capture me in your romance.

Share this love within memory's eye

As we have met in centuries before,

tinted by the innocence of your first view

in turquoise pendulumed twilight…

and when the past becomes familiar,

we will find new places of our own.

What bliss :) pax A
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot
Fabulous write, had me sittin on the edge of my seat...and did you?

Love Ch'erie
Reviewed by Miss Pandora
Quite simply breathtaking. The levels and profundity to this work are astounding and I defy anyone not to be moved deeply by this stirring poetry. I feel there is little that I can add other than to say that I gained so much from this write read my heart sometimes Tay and that scares you once said parallel paths. Applause and ovation. Love Panda :)xox
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen
Smooth and well penned Taylor. Enjoyed
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Taylor you are not here often enough, but oh when you are it is pure joy!!! You have become a poet imbued with romantic vision! This poem is magnificent , thank you for sharing it, so I can keep it;-)

Reviewed by richard cederberg
Such tentativeness and delicateness is woven into these superb lines Blueberry. You never cease to captivate as you grow and fulfill your mandate as an exceptionally romantic visionary. Who is this muse? I hope you are well and healthy!

Light and Wisdom ...
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
passion sweet, the last dance beautiful
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
The warmth of a romantic weaves its way through the poem.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

I have read and re-read "Last Dance" three times.

First line, first Stanza: He asked...
" " second " : Does he realize
" " third " : He asked if
NOW, the closing lines:

"Now ask me once again if I love you...
or is it I who should ask you?
Will you save your last dance for me?"

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Considering all the abstract, symbolism and surrealism, I can't see how this man appears on the closing lines.

I will read it again tomorrow. maybe my eyes are failing me tonight.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Has all the stay-poppin elegance and subliminal soulish heat of Jane Austen, and I like the journalistic quality of the Voice. Timeless romance here, Taylor and has your signature all over it: that of sublime imagery and metaphor that is so stunningly visual and apposite. I am so in awe of your ability to write loooooooonger poems. 16 lines seems to be my max! :)) Wonderfully paced and spaced. TY K xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
One of your very best...thanks for sharing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow
I absolutely and totally loved this...just a beautiful rendering from your pen! Your poetry is always so worth waiting for!!
love, Myrna
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler
As soon as my mother gets out of my head, as soon as the fat one who sang is cow dead, I'll put off the beef and find my relief in the arms of my dance partner, then off to bed.
Reviewed by Paul Berube

Yes, the very last. This was a beautiful passionate write my friend. After that no one need ask the question, "do you love me?"
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
with a love so profound
it pales in the simile of the sunshine

Quite a passionate piece, Taylor.

Reviewed by jude forese
warm & passionate sentiment dances through this poem ...
Reviewed by J M
Taylor one of your best.
Happy Valentines Day!
Reviewed by Butch Howard
I have to agree with Mr. Broome's comments. This poem exemplifies the amazing power of the written word. I sense a huge emotional and intimate love force surging within these words and lines. It is powerful! The power lies in the ability of the poet to expertly use words to convey honestly those deepest innermost feelings within each of us and touch the heart of the reader. As Mr. Broome points out, you have created no illusion here. It is a compelling and "convincing" expression of love and you should be pleased and proud of what you have accomplished. You are a most talented young lady and I am simply smitten by your poetic prowess.

Reviewed by Susan de Vegter
The eternal dance is much more than is the beat of the heart that provides the rhythm and the tune in the heart that pulses with the music. Love is a infused with passion here, Taylor and I soooo understand this calling. You have my best for Valentine's Day. Dance on.
Reviewed by F William Broome
Taylor - Now, From a man's viewpoint - mmmm, er, ah, that is....
I'm just melted butter after reading your poem. It's a masterful thing, covering so many aspects of love and the way love is expressed.

Such gorgeous and love ladened words, expertly strung together
to create, not an illusion, but convincing, more powerfully than
Tony lay on Cleo or Juliet bared before Romeo. History making!

Know this; you've created a new and distant benchmark for the
rest of us. Thank you, Talented Lady. - Bill
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury
This is a beautiful portrait of love.
Reviewed by Erin Woods
Dearest Taylor...You've out done yourself...if that is possible...I agree with Katherine ...and the tears are still flowing...Thank you for this beautiful read....Happy Valentines,erin
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
Taylor, Taylor, now this is romance my dear, and written with such excellence! Bravo! in adoration, Holly
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Love's sentiments flow freely thoughout your verses here, Taylor. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
Such a beautiful write my friend, one that leaves a thought lingering within my mind and heart...soft, and romantic...loved this!
Joyce Bowling
Happy Valentine Day
Reviewed by Katherine Chandler
My dear Taylor, still wiping tears away, reading your beautiful sentiments over and over. This has to be the most breathtaking love poem I have ever read. Even Dickenson pales to comparison after reading your words of love and passion. From the quote to the graphic, the love I find within each verse brought not only tears, but such incredible joy to my heart for you and your loved one. Happy Valentine's Day sweet friend. With love, Katherine
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen
oh, my goodness!! Tayor, this is sublime!
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg
*sigh*...Your thoughts flow effortlessly and caress the page, indulging the reader with amazing ambiance

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