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This next poem was written in about ten minutes flat! Out jogging, I was
thinking of fragments of iambic verse to do something with later. The
central idea, of two people meeting, came to me in a flash. When I got home
I wrote it up and found that I had written perfect verses of alternating
iambic tetrameter and trimeter! I thought about it when cleaning up after my
jog, and improved upon the plot and filled in some pieces by adding more
verses. The result works very well.
Many people believe that this was based on actual events, but it is pure
fiction. In fact, the plot was changed around as I edited it.
Two people know each other well,
but never have they met
nor shared a single photograph
or spoken on the phone.
But that will change; the time has come,
the plane is on the ground
My penpall waits for me out there
and so I get my bag
and slowly plod out though the crowd
in search of my good friend.
One face is separate from the crowd
she wears a yellow rose
We draw together, then we touch
the moment finally came
for letters share two people's minds
but cannot share a hug
so here at last, long overdue
I know it feels so right
I feel her heart beat next to mine,
we hold each other close
we look into each other's eyes,
down deep into the soul
and then we share a simple kiss,
and walk off hand in hand.
I'll never be the same again
for just a single touch
is all it takes to know true love
a bond no one may break.
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