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An Encounter of Chance
by Jon Michael Willey

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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This collaborative effort between Carole Mathys and myself, is the result of a suggestion by my friend, Gerard Gauthier. The inspiration is from a poem by John Crowe Ransom, titled, "The Piazza".

A man enamored was I

at Cafe Jacque's this day

with a raven haired beauty of elegance

across the room

her eyes, dark pools of allure

gazing long, into mine

love was the message I sent her way

abruptly, her look became one of askance

should I press the issue

take the measure of her

for my heart's aching desires

or succumb to cessation

take leave

to my soul's empty haunt

replay those moments

'til she looks forever

with eyes of tender love

into no eyes, but mine

for spring has risen

and love will surely

have its way with the air


A woman intrigued was I

by the sudden warmth

in a glance from across the cafe

the hint of a smile played

across his chiseled features

then our eyes touched and held

his look was bold

captivating me with the unknown

in that unguarded moment

smoldering messages were exchanged

my body,now blushed with heat

the view between us interrrupted

as a waiter approached

seeking a moment for composure

I lowered my eyes

my hand toying with a glass


would he cross the room

give this romantic air a chance

or would passion's promise

be dashed, remaining only

within his eyes,across the room

at Cafe Jacque's 


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Reviewed by JMS Bell 9/10/2011
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/29/2011
Thank you for sharing this fine experience; a most effective collaborative write, Jon. Love, peace, and best wishes to you my friend,

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 1/23/2009
Jon & Carole
"An Encounter of Chance" is beautifully penned
the words are inspiring, yerning us to each take chances
You Both Collob Wonderful Love Poetry
Much Love & Insirations
Reviewed by 000 000 1/23/2009
Romance. If we only take the chance
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 1/23/2009
Such encounters whould be explored--yes?
Admiration and applause to Carole and Jon...and Gerard.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/23/2009
There is something in the wine at the Jacques cafe. I find it impossible to write what a woman is thinking.

Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 1/22/2009
Wonderful collaboration, Carole and Jon!! This one is well-presented with romantic imagery, love, and desires. Well-done!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/22/2009
Great duo
Reviewed by Gerard Gauthier 1/22/2009
What explorers...finding that the sights and sounds are the wishes that takes us everywhere...what chances did I miss in the glances of you...Great read Jon and Carole
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 1/22/2009
wow...what a romantic view.....great write again Jon. best wishes. neerja
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 1/22/2009
WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/21/2009
My goodness, a surreal romantic encounter if there ever was one....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/21/2009
Enjoyable read full of the games we play really...that glance..that look...nice job!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/21/2009
Read in both dens, interesting to see the different style
that lends a different slant, though only through form You two are really doing some beautiful work together! Bravo!

Reviewed by Bonnie May 1/21/2009
ABSOLUTLEY beautiful another Fantastic collaboration you two...But you might need a third to tell on you both...did you go to her?????????? Love and hugs, Bonnie

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