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The Bench
by Carmen Ruggero
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This is a revised repost. I am sharing it with you again, because it was awarded a Citation of Special Merit by the editorial review board of Bewildering Stories

The Bench

A Symphony in B Flat Major

Andante con gusto

Sapphire swirled through pink and lavender,
as yellow rimmed clouds
scattered softly across the sky.
Weeping willows swayed
to legatto sounds from the water-fall
and the gentle trill from the lake.
A catfish jumped on a dotted eight,
and a mallard silently went gliding by
while dew drops glistened on new grass.

Molto lento

The bench is still there,
by the tranquil waters.
Still there…since that early spring morning.
One very much like this one,
when she lifted her gaze
and first saw his face.

Allegro non troppo

C'est le printemps! Le jardin est enchanté!
She abandoned her book on the bench –
it’d been her excuse, any way.
This is the place where they’d meet;
away from curious eyes,
away from noise and idle talk.
Here, where the air is sweet and
sunlight dribbles through supple leaves
as their lips birth a new song.
They walked briskly
from opposite sides of the lake.
Her hair swept by the breeze,
they rushed the last few steps,
they met,
they touched,
they kissed.


Summer; come and gone.
The bench; she sits – waits. 
The book; read twice.
Fog looms over the lake.
The catfish rest.
Green turns yellow underfoot.
She heard it said
he has another’s hand.

Moderatto e con molto sentimento

The weather-beaten bench
still there, by the lake where she sits
holding a different book in her hand.
No use for the old one,
she knows the unfinished rhymes.

It is spring; like that one of long ago.
But the waterfall sings a different song,
and the colors, still sapphire
and lavender pink, matured
to deeper, richer hues;
the sun no longer yellow, but gold.

She drops her book on the bench –
it’s been an excuse, any way.
Not one, but two, come walking
from the other side of the lake.
She doesn’t run to them –
no need to; she walks.
They rush the last few steps.
They meet,
they touch,
they kiss.
One she calls husband,
the other, their son.

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Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 11/14/2007
Well deserved! Absolutely brilliant
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/20/2007
Y u m m m m !! L o v e. i t. more every time I read it. . .which is
surprising, seeing as how I fell head over heals the first time 'roun.
Reviewed by E. Richardson 2/15/2007
I remember this and yes, it deserves the honors.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 2/14/2007
Sounds just like you Sis. Don't be a stranger. . . blessin's
cynth'ya (and with all this snow I can hardly wait for SPRING!)
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 2/14/2007
This is an amazing write. Well done. Holly
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 2/1/2007
Somehow this made me want to cry,it tugged at my heart,indeed,it is a winner!
Best wishes always to you and yours
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/29/2007
Engagingly memorable write, Carmen; so beautifully expressed.
Peace be with you,
Reviewed by William Bonilla 1/28/2007
Outstanding enjoyable write

Love & Peace
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 1/26/2007
Oh wonder you received a prize for this is just had me holdong my the ending!
This is so good that I will save it..thankyou!!

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/24/2007
A total movie in a matter of moments and movements. Congratulations, Carmen. This surely is a winner. I shall never forget your ability to story-tell, acquired, seemingly from your father, if I remember rightly. It's in your blood. This has all the power and drama of finest musical classics. TY K xx
Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa 1/24/2007
Simply spendid, loved it!
Reviewed by Helga Ross 1/21/2007

Ah, I remember this. Leaves a lasting impression thematically, and emotionally. Love this line: A catfish jumped on a dotted eight,

Congratulations, Carmen!
Reviewed by jude forese 1/15/2007
excellent creative work ... a motivational tale deserving much acclaim ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/15/2007
Congrats Carmen! This certainly deserves awards citations and whatever else , an outstanding composition!
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 1/15/2007
Congratulations! This is a beautiful write, full of life and emotioins. Enjoyed so much!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by J M 1/15/2007
Congrats "This is a revised repost. I am sharing it with you again, because it was awarded a Citation of Special Merit by the editorial review board of Bewildering Stories.." This is a beautiful piece of work Carmen thank you for this blessing.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/15/2007
Most splendid offering.....well done!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Gloria Buono Daly 1/15/2007
There's a lot of life, beauty and emotions is this wonderful prose. Thanks for sharing your symphony. Kudos to you and your citation. My best, Gloria
Reviewed by Rusty Daily 1/15/2007
You are a very talented poet and this was so well written.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/15/2007
A delightful storetry, it is indeed rich, atleast my music lessons were not a total waste of time. The speed affect/effect is very unique and an intelligent idea...
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/15/2007

Abundant emotions, beautiful story, bountiful poem in a sublime message... in "The Bench".

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Candy T (Reader) 1/14/2007
beautifully written and carefully thought through. splendid twist!

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