Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

......Of Gold?

Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

I was not looking when you found me
you stopped just long enough to smile.
I felt your presence all around me
and hoped that you would stay awhile.
You hurried on - you had your reason
and faded slowly in the light,
'twas hot, the highest summer season:
And then you turned - I'd hoped you might.
You flashed a brief but lovely look,
it made me feel quite weird.
Then silly me 'What if she took
offense at my gray beard? '

Then you were gone, the sun left with you,
the night air came with sudden force.
And to this day I often miss you
when you are not at home, of course.

What is she like, I wondered then,
what does she value and adore?
Would she expect to see in men
some muscles, brains and looks and more?

And when I left, went down the road
I had her on my mind.
I thought I recognised the coat
or was I going blind?
And near an oak tree she was resting,
I knew not what to think
and thought that someone must be testing
to drive me to the brink.

The rest you know, my lovely sweet:
It's just as you had told.
You wanted one that didn't just beat,
you needed one of gold.

And may I burn in hot damnation
for being so conceited.
But here I am - on this occasion
I must not be defeated!
'I have one, although it is old',
I shouted loud into your ear,
'It beats okay - it's made of gold! '

The little secret -now revealed
is that I slaved and polished
this drum that was just MOSTLY gold.
The flaws are now abolished.

And that was only the beginning.

Comments about ......Of Gold? by Herbert Nehrlich

  • Ruby HoneytipRuby Honeytip (10/29/2012 11:32:00 PM)

    Sigh! How sweet and innocent and laced with love. Beautiful writing.(Report)Reply

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  • Naseer Ahmed NasirNaseer Ahmed Nasir (3/11/2009 3:20:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem...... A reading worth of gold......10/10.

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  • Reshma Ramesh (12/1/2008 6:45:00 AM)

    how did i miss this superb write...........10+(Report)Reply

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  • Tanya Stanford (8/31/2008 7:40:00 AM)

    Lovely use of words that make you think. Enjoyed the read.(Report)Reply

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  • K K (3/6/2007 7:29:00 AM)

    Very sweet poem...I doubt that she even noticed the beard :)


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  • Ndidi Ubogu (2/1/2006 4:07:00 PM)

    this is a very good poem. I have read lots of your poem and really your works are inspiring......(Report)Reply

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  • Lynette Dias-Gouveia (1/26/2006 8:43:00 AM)

    I have to agree with Lawrence.. you encompass such a variety of themes and subjects with such ease and fluidity..
    It is always wonderful reading your work.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahnaz Zardoust-Ahari (9/4/2005 9:22:00 PM)

    Such a very sweet sentimental poem......loved it!(Report)Reply

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  • Lawrence S. Pertillar (7/4/2005 5:53:00 PM)

    If there's any doubt that Mr. Nehrlich (Herbert) is not one of Poemhunter's most 'inventive' and consistent poets to come our way, let that hesitation be removed! He reveals..yet, another side of his awesome abilities! Thanks Herbert! There's got to be a Full Moon dispersing you with such wonderful text...of late! ...lol
    Very nice, Herbert! I really enjoy this one! L(Report)Reply

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  • Anong All (6/21/2005 4:28:00 PM)

    Enjoyable poem. The tone was quite soothing.(Report)Reply

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  • Janice M Pickett (3/17/2005 12:16:00 AM)

    Any way of removing Pauls stuff? ? Except the way I had to do it. Boy it's hard having to start all over again but better than having the messages trashed/


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  • Sue J Ashdown (2/27/2005 10:25:00 AM)

    The sentiment in your poem is lovely,
    thank you Herbert.


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  • Louise Bizzari (2/20/2005 7:15:00 AM)

    Weird - Weird -Weird
    Run on sentences are quite Limp - Limp - Limp
    Try to improve your prose and Dic - Dic - Dic
    In.... a...........D i c - T i o n a r y
    Thats of: courser \ (n) (1600) 1: a dog for coursing...... if there is one available
    Way Down Under?
    Isn't that where you are? ?(Report)Reply

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  • Lenchen Elf (11/10/2004 5:07:00 PM)

    Lovely, didn't need to polish up the heart though: -)(Report)Reply

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  • knot Available (11/10/2004 10:03:00 AM)

    A man who wants his woman to have the very best....can't argue with that.
    Inspiring Herbert. I like it.. adria(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 18, 2004