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C.J. Heck

(August 10 / Born in Columbus OH - living in Florida)

A Man I Knew


There was a man I knew
and just knowing him
made me think of poetry.

Loving him, I learned
that accepting love
is as important as giving it

and the not-so-subtle difference
between loving lukewarm
and loving red-hot.

Love like that
can make you stupid -
a total-immersion kind of stupid,
but it made me want
to read poetry.

In a different time
and a different place
it might have worked

but it was over
and when the last page was turned
he was only a man I knew

no regrets
just one perfect memory
and because I loved him
I write poetry.

Submitted: Monday, June 21, 2004
Edited: Thursday, June 07, 2007

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  • Adeline Foster (12/11/2013 12:28:00 PM)

    Yes, there is always one who exerts a lasting influence on our lives. Read mine – Love’s Dirge -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (9/25/2013 7:59:00 PM)

    A very touching poem of love. Love that was once bright had dimmed.
    poetry gives you the freedom of expression. It does not place boundaries
    on you. Nice write, . (Report) Reply

  • Jim Valero (8/31/2009 3:10:00 PM)

    I love this witty poem—the down-to-earth rhythms and tone, and the frank acceptance that the speaker did learn from the situation. Most importantly, the speaker did receive a wonderful gift: POETRY (and that has made all the difference!) A pleasure to read. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Scarlett Treat (2/1/2006 5:02:00 PM)

    I read this poem, and there he was - - the one who got away. To this day I love and remember him as tho' he was here yesterday (it's been over 30 years.) (Report) Reply

  • Mike Mccoy (12/8/2005 9:43:00 AM)

    C.J.
    The emotional imagery is superb! As I read the poem the words stirred similar rememberences...
    thank you,
    Mike (Report) Reply

  • Shannon Chapel (12/5/2005 9:48:00 PM)

    Wow, C.J.! This guy must have left quite an impression on your life because not only do you write poetry because of him, but you write damn good PUBLISHED poetry because of him.

    I wonder if he knows?

    S (Report) Reply

  • Scarborough Gypsy (3/22/2005 7:38:00 AM)

    Wow! Loved this one too. It actually made me say 'wow' out loud when I'd finished reading it. Is it true? Was one man, the man it is about, the reason you started to write poetry? (Report) Reply

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