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A Fantasy Ad Seeking a New Woman for Me to Love…by Robert M. Katzman

Filed under: Bewilderment,Depression and Hope,Jewish Themes,Love and Romance,Wisconsin stories — Bob at 12:17 pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Fantasy Ad Seeking a New Woman to Love

By Robert M. Katzman © July 20, 2017

 

It would start like this:

 

One Hundred Panes of Glass

She never saw my surprise for her

Something I designed to enchant

Her whimsical soul

My timing was off by a week

Her surprise gift arrived too late

And now, well…

She’s somewhere in Eternity

 

Two sturdy wooden swings

Each with a peaked roof

Facing each other

Joined together by

A third taller peaked roof

A fragile miniature

Wooden Cathedral

Surrounded by transparency

 

Fourteen ancient windows

Suspended by wire

Swinging freely in the wind

Bargained for and bought

at

Wisconsin rural barn sales

or

Recycled industrial stores

Dusty glass, chipped paint, cracked wood

Perfect!

I wanted the gradual natural

Beauty of aging

 

The swing’s three roofs

Criss-crossed with thin strips of wood

Forming a myriad of

Diamond-shaped openings

When the sun’s rays pierce

These tiny windows

A thousand golden diamonds

Spangle the swings

Flowing grass between them

Any person sitting on a swing

A virtual moving carpet of light

 

One hundred panes of glass

Assembled in a square

Surrounding the swings

Create

The Illusion of Seclusion

Inside looking out

Outside looking in

Swings move independently

Because my missing love

Was an independent woman

 

Now her pictures dot my walls

Her voice, her laugh

Saturate my mind

But my bed is empty

Her touch…is gone

Her lips…are gone

Her fragrance, evaporating…

Only intangible love remains

 

How to find a new companion?

Oh, I have no idea what to do

My last date was in 1967

But in my confused state

My silent house

If I do nothing to change

Nothing will change

So I dreamt about

Writing about

Finding a new girl

 

I’m seeking a girl

Who knows herself

Is still wondering inside

Sees people–not colors

Likes how she looks

Wants to be kissed

By a guy who means it

Thinks kissing is not

Merely

Hello! and Goodbye!

But a thing to do in itself

 

A girl who finds the words:

Left-Wing Jewish Liberal

Uncontrollably intoxicating

Someone who wants to laugh

Has room in her heart for me

Not to replace who is gone

But to make another place

For the man she wants

Now

 

She’ll have enough curves

So I don’t forget

Which one of us

Is the guy

Because a girl can have

Strength of character

And, at the same time

Be really soft to touch

 

I don’t watch games

I don’t have pets

Drive to Quebec?

Get up and go!

Who will understand–

Not movies:

Cinema!

Not silly movies for silly people

I worship the

Brilliant minds

Who create the flickering light

A dark theater

Where she can hold my hand

For no reason at all

Fall asleep on my shoulder

Reconsider places to cuddle

 

I want a woman

Who surrenders

To her own impulses

Not passion by appointment

Lady, you might have

A million dollars

But if you don’t

Have a guy who wants

To stand on a beach at midnight

And neck with you

Under a starry sky

Lady, you ain’t got nothin’

 

And what do I believe in

Besides

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

 

I believe in:

Doo Wop

Springsteen

1950’s Elvis

Johnny Cash

Buddy Holly

Roy Orbison

Frank Sinatra

Jackie Wilson

Dion di Mucci

The Supremes

Aretha Franklin

The Everley Brothers

 

Most anything

With a Hot Saxophone

A Demon Drummer from Hell

Rock n’ Roll

Rhythm & Blues

I believe in the

The Gods of Music

 

Am I a poet?

That’s up to whomever appears

In my

Solitary

Illusion of Seclusion

Her curious nose

Pressed against the old glass

Who wants to swing on a swing

Maybe in sync with me

Who finds

One hundred panes of glass

Not a concept

Not a strange wooden toy

But a good start to

Be alone

By ourselves

Give us a chance

To gaze into each other’s eyes

And maybe

Both of us will see

A kindred soul

Looking back

 

If…

I were ever

To write

An actual ad

Straight from my heart

To find

A

New Girl

Some day

 

 

 

You can comment below, y’know. Only takes a moment if you really have something heartfelt to say. Think about it.

My hour-long story reading at WGTD 91.1 NPR Kenosha, Wis is now a podcast. The interview and story can be heard here:

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Your comments are welcome, below, and please tell others I can be found here as a writer. I can also be hired as a speaker for organizations, etc, both here and in Europe.

I can be contacted at:

robertmkatzman@gmail.com or 847.274.1474

4 Comments »

Comment by Herb Berman

July 21, 2017 @ 7:25 am

A touching tribute to the love of your life, and your longing to have a good woman in your life.

Comment by Don Larson

July 21, 2017 @ 11:31 am

Hi Bob,

Seems like a effective want ad to me.

Don

Comment by Charlie Newman

July 21, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

This kicks, Bob, but I’m not sure it’ll do the job on Craigslist!

Comment by Dave Gourdoux

July 22, 2017 @ 9:46 am

Beautiful command of language and images. A bittersweet search for companionship while adrift in the depths of despair and loss. I admire your honesty and your strength, and your ability to Keep your head up and your eyes open as you make your way through these dark days.

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