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The Engineer and Love
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie

Monday, July 07, 2003

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The Engineer and Love

His mind is precise,
Narrow and fine,
His ideas on life,
Precisely defined…

Then she comes,
This woman of the earth,
And he can’t understand,
A thing she does…

When he asks her to explain,
All she says is “because…”
This is how I feel today,
This is why I can not stay!

Then she runs away,
Leaving him so confused,
What should he do?
His heart is wild and torn,
With a feeling that is so foreign…

Why won’t his equations,
Fit into the neat little squares
On his grafting paper?
What is he suppose to do,
When he has a remainder of two?

He says;
“I can’t stand the fluctuations…
Love is a constant-“
But he has forgotten
The J-operator,
Thrown in to confuse the issue,
Forgotten, women are not tools,
Or numbers that can be used-

The numbers add up,
But he can’t find a way
To factor in the
They don’t fit,
They don’t make sense…
How can his heart want
What his mind does not understand?

He is mute at last,
Torn between two worlds,
One neat and tidy,
With all the rules laid out,
A timetable so carefully planned-
How can she so callously
Stop and smell the wild rose?
Or stare so long at the sunset?
It makes them late for

He tears his hair,
He throws away the paper
With neat little figures on it,
The tallies are all wrong again,
What is the equation for friend?

This engineer,
This man with a fine mind,
Will never understand our kind,
Today I am wild with the storm,
Tomorrow I may feel the ebb of the tide,
It is something he can’t abide!

Yet he must,
Learn to trust,
That in the end,
Love is not something
You need to defend…

Just lay down baby,
Let me curl your hair
In my fingers,
Touch your sweet lips
With my own,
Lay my hand upon your chest,
And feel your beating heart…

Put your calculator away,
Enjoy me today,
I am here waiting for you,
To show you what love can do…
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Reviewed by Angelica Young 7/8/2003
This is such a fantastic write, i loved it so much.

Love Tearz :)
Reviewed by Birdie Houston 7/8/2003
Fiery write greatly written
Reviewed by serenety L 7/8/2003
This is great. Convinced us what is more important. Not the figures.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/8/2003
Some engineers do know how to play with hearts...yes....and to destroy!!

Reviewed by Trixie Love 7/8/2003
Oh I love this one....

Excellent write Reindeer...

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Steve Joos 7/8/2003
Very good contrast. Thanks for reminding us that romance is the meeting of two hearts that work with an area far less rational than ususal.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 7/8/2003
change is the only constant....
Great write...
In Spirit,
Reviewed by Calendula Petal (Reader) 7/8/2003
I think I fell for the guy in your poem...I love men when they get confused by women...
What an original piece of writing, I thought it was beautiful.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 7/8/2003
Wow Rhetta again you stun and amaze with another awesome piece!!!!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/8/2003
I have known Engineer's :-) Great write!
Reviewed by Woman Words (Reader) 7/8/2003
Omigosh! This is great....I was there once myself
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 7/8/2003
Feelings change, my wife changes every ten minutes.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 7/8/2003
This is exquisite Reindeer! I see so many people in the Engineer role and see myself in the other.

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/8/2003
This is superb write...loved this much!!!
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 7/8/2003
Oh, my dear! I completely identify with this one. My significant other was a math teacher for 20 years - I drive him crazy.

"...When he asks her to explain,
All she says is “because…”
This is how I feel today..."

EXACTLY! I'm going to make him sit at the monitor and actually READ this one.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 7/8/2003
Great write! I gave up equations years ago. ;)
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 7/8/2003
I love this Reindeer,,Keep those Engineers guessing! Makes for a more even life. *giggle* ~SH~
Reviewed by David Knight 7/8/2003
Lovely, but let's be honest can any mere man know the mind of a woman?

Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/7/2003
You have the mind of the wolf Reindeer wise and all seeing;-)This is great!
Reviewed by Russ Okamura 7/7/2003
WOW, you truly have the GIFT of insightfulness. Very excellent poetry, very deep with passion and wisdom!
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 7/7/2003
hee hee...enjoyed this
Reviewed by m w 7/7/2003
So well you know the engineer, the technologist believing in the perfect first draft, thus stifled and paralyzed to let chance have its way - I love this
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