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Badge of Love
by Regis Auffray
Friday, February 10, 2012
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Badge of Love

I have been told time and place and again
There’s no such thing as love
The love I aspire to
It is an illusion for romantic fools like me
It is better to see
The reality

But like a fool
I wear my feelings like an icon
Openly vulnerable
Where this insignia I display
Is often slapped and punched and kicked
Even spat at with unprovoked disdain
And downright hatred

Romance is the scene
The scene on the stage
And love is the backdrop
And when the curtain falls
The story ends
And I am left with a tattered badge
Wondering who will mend it

I was promised a rainbow
But I got another storm in its place
She promised me love
But I got excuses instead

I was left lost when love was a mirage

So therapeutic
That you have been the exception
Thank you

© Copyright 2012 Regis Auffray



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Reviewed by lois christensen 12/10/2012
Ther'e s someone for you someone, Regis.....?:)
Reviewed by Paddy Bostock 10/22/2012
i really do hope you've found the exception but there's no deus ex machina out there to promise us rainbows. What we do we are responsible for, and love has to be worked at. Romance is fine and exciting, but ultimately it's respect that underpins the deal. And that takes thought and compassion. Hollywood's fun, but it ain't true

Best to you,

Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 5/30/2012
You found the exception! They do exist. Good for you! Good for me!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 5/25/2012
To even suggest such a thing is appalling Regis, we are loving creatures. Those who would take such a gentle soul as yours and make you feel in this manner do not belong in your life.

Such a passionate heartfelt poem of a lovely man who only feels what he should regarding love. Romance is beautiful, and those who cannot accept it are dark souls.

Know that the "mirage" becomes reality when it walks into your life at the least expected.

Love and Light
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 3/18/2012
Such an emotional poem that speaks volumes. Thanks for sharing Regis. After being wounded time and again by people you've loved it, is such a welcome relief when a person comes along who is the exception, who loves you back, and not only heals the wounds but doesn't allow new ones to ever appear.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 3/18/2012
Dear Reg, it's better to be open and hurt than hard and useless!
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 3/12/2012
Better to chasemirages than give up and stop chasing.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 3/2/2012
The whole while I felt as though you didn't agree with the naysayers and that speaks volumes. A romantic at heart can be wounded, but not obliterated. We bounce back:) hugs,
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 2/24/2012
Past (I hope) pain oozes from your pen, albeit beautifully. But I am happy in your ending. Thank you for sharing this, Regis. Love and hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by JMS Bell 2/20/2012
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 2/18/2012
Sometimes it is hard to take when you love more than the one you love. Excellent work Regis.
Sorry I have been away so long, but I am just recovering from a heart attack and able to come in here
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 2/16/2012
Simply beautiful...I also wear my heart on my sleeve, and vow to keep it a little more well hidden, but we are who we are...I try and accept Love in the unique way it is given nowadays, for it will not be pinned down..and to try, I have found never works..Thank goodness for exceptions...Wishing you the best always,
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 2/14/2012
I don't think you could describe unrequited love any better than this Regis, and to have someone in your life to pick up the pieces of the badge and sew them back together with love, is a miracle that should always be cherished. There is such a thing called love, but it is a fleeting shadow in the night, caught by the north wind, and strewn all over God's creation. The person who can catch this love, is indeed very lucky and well blessed. Thank you for sharing this thought provoking poem.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love and who love you, and be with you always and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))) your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 2/13/2012
Romance and love are for noble souls, Reg, so little surprise that the modern world is loveless and soulless - it takes guts to be soft!! ha!
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 2/12/2012
Indeed Regfis, dear friend, your poetry is so akin to mine ..both of us wear our hearts on a sleeve ..needless to say those that we love hardly ever appreciate the depth of the love we gift them with..darn :)))
Well ..Better to have loved than to not have loved at all..
Keep blessing us with such glorious poetry Regis..

Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 2/12/2012
thank your lucky stars for an exception! ~ Morgan
Reviewed by Connie Faust 2/12/2012
So, her love was the therapy you needed, hmmm? All the disillusionment makes for a fine poem.

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 2/12/2012
to love whatever the cost is to break that elusive metaphysical
heartfelt poetic capture, regis.
always a pleasure,
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 2/12/2012
thank you - says it all!
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 2/12/2012
The biggest problem with love is that everyone experiences it in their own way. Even within a relationship, each person feels it differently. We have to learn to cherish our feelings and not to expect them to be the same in our partner. It does not mean that they don't love us as much as we love them, they just do it in their own unique way and we must learn to understand that and cherish it as it is and for what it is. Love is very much like grains of sand; if you hold them gently in the palm of your hand, you can admire them forever but if you close your hand to control them they will simply all fall away leaving your hand empty and all of the beautiful grains gone forever. Romance is amazing, love is functional. Ahh if only they both could remain combined forever.
Take care,
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 2/12/2012
Beautifully penned, Regis!!! Guess we've all been through this at some point in our lives...thank goodness something wonderful comes along to make us forget the bad stuff....

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 2/12/2012
Love the all-out plain-speak sincerity of this one, Regis. Full of integrity and heartfelt gratitude. Never has the weight of two words been so keenly expressed - "Thank you" giving the full weight of its proper meaning. Thank God for exceptions! :)) xx May you both continue to be blessed. xx
Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 2/12/2012
Always, the exception can make or break things... Well written.. Love and Peace
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 2/12/2012
Ah, Regis at his best, romantic soulfulness shines through every word in this poem..Bravo! Well done.

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/11/2012
Amazing when it works in duo. Patrick
Reviewed by Micki Peluso 2/11/2012
So lost and cynical in the beginning then swinging into a happy ending--well done!! I love it.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/11/2012
Thank YOU, mon ami, for penning yet another winning poem! C'est bon, mon ami!

(((HUGS))) et amour, ton ami dans Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 2/11/2012
proving once again that love is more than action... of the "lights, camera..." kind, this poem deserves every curtain call it gets!

Nice stylistic ending, too...
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 2/11/2012
Nice exception in the end! *Regis*
Forever moving forward to grow and
glow...wearing your love badge!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Mary Metcalf 2/11/2012
the world is always looking for the right love, but many heartaches occur before it happens...maybe a way of showing us what to really appreciate...excellent write
Reviewed by John Coppolella 2/11/2012
Who will mend your broken heart? Is it as told here, Regis? Is it your bloody red badge of courage?
If so then wear it proudly.

Reviewed by Laura Fall 2/11/2012
Truly a heartfelt poem well done indeed Laura
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/11/2012
There are many fishes in the sea. Sometimes, it takes a while to find a fish like thee.

Reviewed by John Domino 2/11/2012
An exceptional poetic song!

Peace, love and blessings,

Reviewed by J Howard 2/11/2012
sad truth for many...but there is the promise of the rainbow, the vision held by ones that will always love...and are ready to be loved.
such richness. thank you.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 2/11/2012
Beautiful Regis.
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 2/11/2012
REG ...



Reviewed by jude forese 2/11/2012
a wonderful romantic poem you've shared here, Regis ....
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 2/11/2012
Romance to a gentle heart ~ love that endures
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/11/2012
Super that you found that exception to the rule, ARE a lucky man...I am not sure about my other half, sometimes...? Well that is a story for another time...good write...Ed
Reviewed by Tom Kitt 2/11/2012
The poem is wonderful but the picture is wrong. Best, Tom
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 2/11/2012
Very few understand love and they stand apart as happy for you... :)good wishes :)neerja
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 2/11/2012
What a wonderful acknowledgment to that special one in your life.
Reviewed by Morgan McFinn 2/11/2012
I hope you are with the exception now and that, like you, she remains exceptional always.
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