"Don't settle for stone," she whispered

by Ben Pickard   Oct 15, 2019

she would breath so softly
and her words would be
carried on the breeze,
caressing my senses -

"make love out of stardust,
not bricks and mortar"

and as the lavender's aroma
swirled in the silver light,
I would kiss her neck,
and trace the swan-like
curve of her body until
my lips tingled with electricity -

- but october's insipid glare has
blurred the memory of her
contours and the stardust
that used to shimmer and dance
with our frantic movements has
long since turned to ash

we never laboured for love
So as winter draws near,
I try to honour her memory
the only way I know how:
I choose loneliness
over bricks and mortar


Ben Pickard 2019


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  • 8 months ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Loving this free verse from you Ben and as Dagmar has said, there are many interpretations. For me this is saying, love for love's sake, not for practicality. Even without giving it any meaning, it's a sensual and beautifully written piece! :-) x

    • 8 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Love has to mean something, Kitty, exactly. There should be a spark not just the monotiny of being.

  • 8 months ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Wow Ben , glad to see this nominated. This piece here to me can be interpreted in so many different ways. Me personally think it is very sad , a lost loved one, a broken relationship that's why you have chosen loneliness. Sometimes people are cold and feel hard as a rock those we need to stay away from. I could go on but then I might get carried away. This is fall season a beautiful yet sad season. Thank you Ben for sharing and all the very best to you. Goes in my favorite box

    • 8 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Perceptive comment, Dagmar. I agree that Autumn is sad and beautiful all at once. Thank you.

  • 8 months ago

    by Brenda

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Ben....you have such a way with your words.

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