Old Flame

A flame

A flame (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I saw you first
Your face in the mirror
Across the café floor
It’s older now
More lined
But beautiful still

Your hair is shorter
And more sparse
Your restless energy
Slightly more contained
As you sipped your signature coffee
And read
Your neck arched
Your softly bowing head

I remember at once the sound
Of your hello when I would call
Across a room just like this
And your sparkling eyes
And smile were bliss

Old flame here found
So unexpectedly
I’m not prepared, I’m awkward
A little lost and cowardly
So I’ll quietly slip
Out to a street of strangers
Before you can see
My bleak retreat, old flame…

© Helen Valentina 2013 All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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20 Responses to Old Flame

  1. I loved this! So poignant and heartfelt. Thank you.

    ~ Darling

  2. Anja says:

    😦 I want her to go back and speak to him.

  3. Skye says:

    Oh, fear should never outweigh love!!! I loved this, Helen!!!!! 🙂

  4. philipparees says:

    Happy Christmas Old Flame, Here’s to you! Some old flames are better retained in memory. Fear can sometimes call itself by the wrong name, nostalgia can be a deeper wisdom. Regret a wiser guide?

  5. Malcolm Miller says:

    I like this. Romantic and poignant. The scene nicely depicted.

  6. Sophie Milan says:

    Aww.. I thought what I’d do if this scenario ever happens to me! Beautiful. Easy to read and “secretly” romantic.

  7. Mike says:

    Very touching, very real, very nice.

  8. This is gorgeous and I agree it is very real and very tender

  9. Ajaytao2010 says:

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