jim hogg

Strangers - Poem by jim hogg

The scent of bluebells fanned the flames of spring
And you, like apple-blossom, rode the wind
And muscular with youth you strode the way
Between the choices we would make or break

We passed with daring eyes and thumping hearts
Across the tarmacadam, on the paths
Your kind request still took me by surprise
Beside the tennis courts; behind my eyes

As soft as April leaves in springtime rain
Your words, ran helter skelter through my veins
As arm in arm I held the perfect love
But in your shadow everything fell short

It's hard to find the words to tell the night
About the tempting vision you defined
Like Marilyn Monroe and Eve combined
But I was terrified and so, declined

You walk my dreams disguised as other girls
Along the corridors of that lost world
Like apple-blossom on the springtime breeze
Or scent of bluebells blown between the trees

Evelyn it was long ago
When you were sunshine, I was snow
But I remember everything
Everything that might have been
No, nothing's ever what it seems
To strangers passing on the street
The petals fluttered on the breeze
On London Road between the trees

Topic(s) of this poem: love and life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Spring/summer of 72. Statuesque, athletic beauty. She was free and I wasn't. Ultimate temptation. Saw each other daily... Maybe I was too weak to yield...

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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