Mike Tonkin

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By The Way Her Name Was Mathilde - Poem by Mike Tonkin

Nineteen hundred and fifty,
There were a lot of girls
Out on the town then,
I was seventeen and
Ready for anything.
I was told to be sensible,
Told to be careful but
I knew it all.
I was one of the lads,
One of the boys
That would make the
World sit up and
Take notice.
I strutted like a peacock
I was not as courtly
As that flashy young bird
And my bravado was
Very thin on my sleeve.
I talked to them on
On street corners
Eyed their shapely legs.
They laughed, the sound
Ringing in my ears like
Musical drops of rain
On a Saturday evening.
And then all at once
There she was,
Wishing she was
With someone, and I
Without a thought went
Up to her and took her
Hand and brushed it
Lightly with my lips.
She laughed then
And I laughed too
Her hand trembled like a
Young animal in mine
I whispered in her ear
“Will you walk with me”
And she nodded
So we left the crowd
And floated down the
Street on gossamer
She was sixteen wanting
To be a woman and
I told her
That she could be
Anything she wanted
She kissed me
On the cheek then
And became a woman
We loved each other
For six months
And then parted for
Pastures new.
By the way
Her name was Mathilde


Comments about By The Way Her Name Was Mathilde by Mike Tonkin

  • (12/20/2012 3:02:00 PM)


    Mathilde, first 'love conquest'? A learning curve? Never to be forgotten, obviously.................. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/2/2007 12:23:00 PM)


    this poem has quite a build up, a strong one....but where did it go to? i found the ending just fizzled out.... like you were remembering a neighbour or someone like that...... rachael (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 26, 2011


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