Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Forever Fire

Pure liquid fire is her hair
pulled into long silk strands,
blowing in the wily winds
of a late summer's dream.

her lips to mine
electric emotion
of a young boy's first kiss

A picture never forgotten
often repeated
never duplicated
by other lips
by soft sighs
by long nights
not long enough
not soft enough
or the manic dreams
of a young man growing old

The summers are still windy. The air still crackles electric, and emotions still ride high on the moon's puppet string tides, falling to find their level in time--whether or not all is said, or silently left undone.

But the enchanted dance of her hair
the constellations of freckles,
each a star in my nascent sky,
each a tribute to a memory
that is untouched by what is
and what will ever be again.


I was lucky enough to talk to the woman who inspired this, the subject of this poem, earlier today. She was my old neighbor in Port Huron, Michigan, my first crush and first kiss, a year older than I, but hey, some guys do have a monopoly on the luck factor, however briefly. She now has three children and is married to her second husband. Quite a bit of kissing in the interim for the both of us.
Above: Flaming red hair. No, she didn't look quite like that, but close enough. In remembrance, she looked a wild world better. Below: The Red Square nebula in the constellation Serpens, an unusually symmetrical object about five thousand light years away. Photograph was taken in IR. Those cheaters! I thought we paid NASA for the facts, noty a bunch of starry eyed bull. Leave that to me!
I'm going to be gone for quite a while longer, as I found some high paying side work, and the car is till not done yet. But I will be around when I can, so be patient. Not that you all are chomping at the bit for my long winded comments. But they will be back soon, I promise this. Thank you for all the sweet and insightful and hillarious comments. Peace out.


Ant said...

Sweet recollections. I share your passion for the fiery ladies...

And we do all look forward to your comments!

Behind Blue Eyes said...

Actually, I look forward to your comments but I'm happy for you that you found some work. Memories from that time in life when everything was new are so powerful.

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

I'll keep my eyes to the skies.

The manic dreams of a young man growing old.


Casdok said...

I love your way with words.

Crashdummie said...

you never quite get over your first love do you?

But then again, its not about finding your first love, its about finding your last love... or something. actually true love would have been better, but now all fairytales have a happy ending do they?

Cheers mate...

Charles Gramlich said...

Good poem. I really love the picture as well. Good luck with the new work.

singleton said...

"the constellations of her freckles,
each one a star in my young sky"

And there it is, forever, named....
the perfect constellation!

Beautiful words and how very very cool that you touched base again!

Have somebody check your mailbox!

Sandy Kessler said...

sensuality wow

ivan said...

I think it was El Greco who said woman was God's masterpiece.
...Well, some of them!

X. Dell said...

Wow, we finally get some eye candy around here. The drawing of the woman isn't bad either.

I never had a first crush. I have, however, had an Orange Crush. Grape too.

Princess Pointful said...

It's hard for a girl to compete against a memory like that, especially when it stays so beautifully poetic for years to come...

We'll miss you, but you gotta do what you gotta do!! ;)

Lana Gramlich said...

Congrats on the side work. See you when you get back. :)

Lisa said...

I laughed out loud to this - "I thought we paid NASA for the facts, noty a bunch of starry eyed bull. Leave that to me!"

You do get a bit starry eyed, but it's not bull. It's unbelievably refreshing, and I like it. I love the way you fall in love.

Josie said...

Eric, that is so beautiful. I love the way you compare her freckles to the stars. My goodness!

Where are you going?

Susan Miller said...

Your talent amazes me, and this, of course, brings back vivid memories. Ahhh, a first kiss. There truly is nothing quite like it, and done right can leave an imprint on our brain similar to your writing.

Fantastic, Eric. Thank you for sharing.

Brian said...

Glad you found some high-paying side work in kissing. That's is what you meant?

gingatao said...

Cool bananas. A very red and tingly kiss preserved forever in your memory, the stars and your poem.

Cazzie!!! said...

How gorgeous, the image, the woman an the stars...not frgetting the words..take your time, we are here :)

eric1313 said...

Hello! I have indeed returned.

I'm so damned tired, but I'm looking for my third wind right now.


The burn is unforgetable--the kiss, the hair, the temperament, etc...

And I shall be back by tonight.


And you too, I'll be by soon. Yes, it was much needed work to infuse my bank account with new funds.

I barely remember what I ate yesterday, but I will never forget that kiss. It's that powerful.

One could write forever from memories like that.

eric1313 said...

Ultra Toast

It's better to always look up and be dazzled than to be caught with your head down.

In love or in hockey.

Yes, if only for a break pedal that measures years. These years speed by like commets.


Thank you so much for your reading here. It means a lot.

Talk to you soon.

eric1313 said...


My friend, so gald to see you.

Something about love--it's never easy! I'm still waiting, but I'm glad to have friends, as well as vivid memories.

Peace to you my friend.


Thank you, and the new work is fine. Tedious, but fine.

I'd rather be writing!


And her name is Wendy, the nighttime huntress, the stars foretold her coming.

She still is a cool person, even after twenty years! It was nice.

And yes, I heard tell of a pckage being delivered. I miss you and I hgope to talk to you soon.

Peac and love, friend.

eric1313 said...


Glad you liked it.

Thank you.


Indeed. The exceptions are the ones who impress my mind the most.

See you soon, my friend.

eric1313 said...

X Dell

I guess I cnjured this one perfectly, huh? And I do love that picture, too.

That side job sounds like the perfect bit of employment to me. And regarding Crush, she was a strawberry crush, I'd have to say!

eric1313 said...


I romanticize everyone who catches my imagination. Beauty is such a subtle thing sometimes, and if you look deep enough and there is enough there to see, it makes for a goddess in the mind's eye.

I'm very lucky in that department. I wouldn't want to be anyone else, I don't think...

Talk to you soon. I loved your newest post. You are one hell of a blogger and a friend.

eric1313 said...


Thank you and I'm glad to be back, however briefly. See you soon.


I left that typo in there? Sheesh. But it's true--at the heart of every joke lies a kernel of the truth. They need to get off their butts and work it, government agency or no!

And thank you for the heartfelt compliment. It really is appreciated. I somtimes need that, to know that I should keep doing what I am doing.

Take care.

eric1313 said...


I've been away from home working and getting my car repaired, slowly biding my time.

I loved it too. And I remember every freckle on every person I've been close enough to see them this way. As I told Princess, I could romaticize a microwave if I was fond enough of it! :)

Thank you for you comments.


Thank you so much.

When done right one kiss will last forever.

When done wrong, one kiss will live in its own infamy.

I have some of each, unfortunately.

So very glad to see you again.

Take care.

eric1313 said...


It's nice to sahre tha thought, the fire and all. I use stars to much--like I'm the astronavigator of the heart. But they are my metaphor and I am certainly glad to trade in their nebulous currency, in my life and on the page.

Talk to you soon.


I'm here too, and I'm glad to see you waited for me.

And of course it make me happy when my words make you all happy!

Peace out, y'all. Take care and see you soon.

Camplin said...

My first kiss was a by a red head. Dated three other in my life, married a blonde and wouldn't trade her for any one. Brings me back thou, thanks.

eric1313 said...


I appreciate all women, too. Beauty is truly in the eye of...

If we were to look close enough at anyone, we could find something beautiful or something ugly, so why not look for what we love instead of what is negative?

Bemused said...

Lovely. Such a tingly recollection!

eric1313 said...


Thank you! It does tingle. As well as warm the heart.

maleah said...

My daughter Eleanor has freckles... I hope someone finds them a constellation some day. I hope that a love charts a course to her heart by them. She is not so fond of them, but I adore them and I hope someone else will, too.

Bravo to love and especially the sweet and tender first.

eric1313 said...


Thank you for the comment--yes, we are all beautiful even if we ourselves do not see it.

If your daughters are as kind and intelligent as you are, they will lead wonderful lives filled with the love that they will create for themselves.

Take care!

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?