True Lovers Past

03 Sep


Wine, whiskey, and roses—

In alcove with three large windows

Straight lace tablecloth on heirloom table

               (Across town)

Barn-board counter top, single sink,

Hand pumped water

Red-checkered vinyl tablecloth


Two shot glasses, acapella— on each table



Vase, decanter, and a blue corked bottle

One in the Yin—

Another in the Yang


A well-rounded glass globe—  

Wine circling in small waves

Well below the rim.


The toast is the same.


(Across town)

Mason jar with whiskey and ice

Raised above a drying rose

The toast is the same.


Salute’ to the empty chair

At both their tables—

“May you be well, happy, and peaceful.”

Note: True Lovers Past



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22 responses to “True Lovers Past

  1. Paul F. Lenzi

    September 3, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    the empty chair so full of presence

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala)

    September 4, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Sensuously and delicately beautiful to usher in the young lovers in their moments together! Wonderful lines ZQ!


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  3. Jae Rose

    September 4, 2016 at 9:35 am

    A real brew – brought superbly to an end with that toast 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sumana Roy

    September 4, 2016 at 9:41 am


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  5. dabrnone

    September 4, 2016 at 10:50 am


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  6. thotpurge

    September 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

    that empty chair at both locations…beautiful

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Sherry Marr

    September 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I enjoyed the contrasting settings and lean towards the barn board counter top myself. Love that the toasts are the same and the blessing so peaceful. Loved it, my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)

    September 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Beautifully sensuous write ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Julian

    September 4, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Like this poem alot. ….empty chair at both their tables.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Mary

    September 4, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    And, oh, the loneliness in between the lines & the homes.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Myrna Rosa

    September 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    This says so much about diverse circumstances while making the same toast/wish. I hope we all make the same toast.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    September 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Sorrow and loneliness is the same no matter the location… love the mirroring idea of this poem

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Magaly Guerrero

    September 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    If the two homes could only get together…

    Liked by 1 person

  14. 1sojournal

    September 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Different, yet the same on telling levels,


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  15. ayala zarfjian (@ayalazarfjian)

    September 4, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Empty chair profound.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Rall

    September 4, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Sweet poem. Good point made.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. magicofwordsblog

    September 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Well, these two should get together! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. gillena

    September 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    You definitely have the art of the storyteller/dramatist. I can see this choreographed and told also in dance
    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime this week

    much love…

    Liked by 1 person

  19. dsnake1

    September 6, 2016 at 8:55 am

    i loved the detailed imagery in the poem, but do i sense a tinge of yearning in the lines?

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  20. ZQ

    September 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm



  21. frederick anderson

    September 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    You are always experimenting! I love this – I love the instilled sense of geography.


  22. extra tall cat gate

    October 21, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Αs said that was actually very light and is
    conveniently pushed apart through my bichon schnauzer cross and my jack Shitzu crosses.



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