Different Slants

Seeing the World from a New Angle

Romance Embraced by Time

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bob at 6:57 am on Thursday, December 29, 2022

by Robert M. Katzman © December 27, 2022

 Tracing his finger around her ear

Gently pulling back a curl

She can feel his warm breath

He kisses her neck

She turns her face to his

And he kisses her liquid lips


Lips that kissed their baby

Hoping God made that medicine

Lips that smiled at him

When his day was long

Was hard

Was hopeless


He wonders if

His worn rough hands

Are too harsh

On her powdery skin

Hands which held


Built sheds

Fought in wars

Were covered in grease

When he saved their

Ancient car for another year


She can’t imagine another man

He made her feel strong

Another to stand with her

To face impossible times

To glory in the best times

He made her feel beautiful

She made him feel necessary


He held the screen door open

Veins like blue rivers

Flowing under the skin

Of his worn hands

She straightened up

Long grey hair

Woven into a braid

Swaying as she

Grasped her walker

Moved step by step

Out the door

Another doctor waiting


He stood up a little taller

He was right behind her

Always behind her

If she fell

She’d fall safely

Into his waiting arms

He hoped

If she fell

He could still protect her


And when he watched her

Struggle with her walker

Her once fitted clothes

Now loose

Her breath quick

He thought to himself

She still looks the same

She is twenty-one


Time flowing by them

Time evaporating them

And as they each wondered

Which day might

Be their last

When that end came

This is what they would remember:


Just moments ago

When he traced his finger

Around her ear

He knew she

Felt his warm breath

When he kissed her neck

And she turned her face to his

And he kissed her liquid lips


(Inspired by Nancy, Joyce and Time)


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Comment by Jim Payne

December 29, 2022 @ 7:36 am

Bob, such exquisite beauty, such tender touch, of two together.

Comment by Brad Dechter

December 29, 2022 @ 7:53 am

You brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

Comment by bernard white

December 29, 2022 @ 8:34 am

Oh dear beautiful brother cousin Bob. this is, to my ears and heart this morning, the most beautiful offering of yours ever. and that is saying a whole lot. because all your offerings are filled to the brim with beauty. this one says it all. the tenderness and love we are invited to feel and share in this short mysterious (sometimes hard) gift of a life… thank you for your glorious witness.

Comment by Cheryl

December 30, 2022 @ 12:37 am

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing?

Comment by Paul Eisenbacher

December 30, 2022 @ 9:54 pm

What a beautiful love poem to a one you loved. You and Lord Byron had something in common. A beautiful women to share a life. Thanks for sharing a personal feeling. A very lucky man indeed. Take care and Happy Nee Year

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