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  I once had a Love...
by Doug Boren
Tuesday, July 01, 2003

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I once had a love who was the light of my life,

Oh, how I dreamed of making her my wife.


We found each other through God’s loving grace,

And in my heart, she found her place.


 We came to know each other’s heart,

And were smitten with love from the very start.


 Comfort and strength did we give,

And with each other, we felt we could live.


Ecstasy and pleasure we did find,

We were of one heart, soul, and mind.


The joy of discovery, and the laughter, too,

We completed each other, one… from two.


Yet many were the times of pain intense,

The hope, the promise… was my only defense.


Separation, wanting, and waiting without end,

To keep from breaking, I learned to bend.


Months became years,

As I wrestled with my fears.


 But yet her soft and tender touch,

Banished the anger, at times felt so much.


For to love is to give, it has no measure,

It goes far beyond momentary pleasure.


 Ever closer the bond became,

And with this love, there was no shame.


Epistles of love I did write,

As I struggled with loneliness late in the night.


Promises, vows, and pleading too,

Oft’ were the times, I knew not what else to do.


And as months become years, yet the clouds still stayed,

Although I tried, I was still afraid.


On future’s horizon I set my sight,

This sustained me for so many days, and nights.


Limbo forever is a hellish task,

To see the end is all I ask.


And when it seemed frustration’s end was near,

My eyes cried dry, could shed no tear.


Making love by candlelight,

And even in sun’s brilliant light.


Finally we found our togetherness it seemed,

And it was even better that I had dreamed.


And now the times have come to pass,

That beyond the “now” we do not pass.


The past is passed, if she would but know it,

Our future awaits, for her to bestow it.


Confusion, and betrayal, do I feel,

But yet my Love’s love seems so real.


The tender caresses, and kisses too,

Revive the love I feel for you.


To lose one’s love, even in part,

I wonder… does this break…  my loved one’s heart?


Actions and words, they do not meet,

So yet we remain, incomplete.


It took a long time for me to admit,

It goes no further… this is it!


Desperately I look to her for a sign,

But even if given, can I believe it this time?


Still do I believe in the “US” that I know,

Somehow, my love for her continues to grow.


She again asks for a little more time,

Looking coyly o’er a glass of wine.


With hope she asks, “will you wait for me”?

But time, it seems, is my enemy.


For it has come to crush me low,

And it passes ever so slow.


But it is the future time that holds my fears,

Ever so fleeting is the passing of years.


Do we have decades, or weeks… no one can know,

This is why my anxiety does grow.


So the light of my life is under a bushel,

And we are losing something quite crucial.


No compass, no rudder, to steer me through,

But honey, I am still in love with you.


My devotion to you has seen no decline,

But I pray thee, my love, when will you really be mine?





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Reviewed by Robert Cosmar 5/31/2011
an emotional write -- your love is evident, Doug. I do hope it had an eventual good outcome!
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/12/2008
Those who read your newest poetry know it ended well. Not a sad story but a very loving story and cannot be compared with other love except it is a true love and will last into eternity. Brought back so many memories to me of my 2nd love ended by death of spouse. Want to cry when I read your newest writes and this one too.
Reviewed by Barbara Mercer 5/27/2007
Very powerful emotions well described.
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 7/14/2004
You are too lovely of face to have suffered this way - tell us there's a happy ending! It's hard to share our deepest pain, bravo to you for mastering that art.
Reviewed by Sherry Gibson 9/14/2003

Totally an emotional write! Very intense and it pulls the reader right into the pain of the poetry.

Reviewed by Jay Squires 9/9/2003
A very moving, but disturbing poem, with highs and lows, and unfortunately ending on a low point. One can only hope that "In the Garden of Our Hearts" follows right on the tail of this one.
Reviewed by Joyce Scarbrough 9/9/2003
Any woman foolish enough not to realize what a treasure you are from this needs to do some soul-searching and find out what's wrong with her heart. I wish there were more men so comfortable with their emotions and able to share their feelings so beautifully.
Reviewed by Linda Pannett (Reader) 8/29/2003
Tears escaped as I read this for I too know that feeling. You are a wonderful gifted writer and show your emotions freely so the reader also feels them.
Reviewed by Terry Vinson 7/2/2003
Great stuff, Doug. It tugs at the heartstrings of even an old grump like myself. This profound work proves you can pen any genre, cover any subject, with style. Thanks for the was WELL worth the time.
Reviewed by Kum Hui 7/2/2003
Doug, obviously wrote from pure emotion on this one. I'm very impressed..and hope things work out for you the way you want. Personally, I've lived through the devestation of divorce several times. But, never give up hope that true happiness is but moments away, when you least expect it. Corny? Maybe...but I've seen it happen in my own life. Good luck, pal.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 7/2/2003
Wow, such feeling and emotions poured out in this one...I loved it!!!!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 7/2/2003
Good work.
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/2/2003
This was wonderful, so hauntingly sad, I loved it, beautiful and so touching,

Reviewed by Linda Alexander 7/2/2003
Very touching, Doug, very real. It left me wondering -- did they (stay together) or didn't they??

Is that what I'm supposed to wonder?
Reviewed by D.P. Roseberry 7/2/2003
There is probably no worse pain than that of a love just out of reach. And even knowing that everything happens for a reason does not dull that ache of wishing. Truly a heart-felt rendering of that pain in this poetry. I pray that it is a created author's fantasy and not the writing of knowledge. Regardless -- Moving.
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