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In Public Places

In Public Places

A Poem by D Alan Johnstone

I hear her name. 
It’s not uncommon. 
I react 
just the same.

I see the twist
of her caramel hair, 
the soft bend 
of her body, 

the curl 
of her love-letter lips 
in crowded rooms. 

Is it her? 
Not to be. 
I react 
just the same. 

I catch her scent, 
glimpse her nose, her eyes, 
in public places.  

I hear the flowing reeds 
of her voice 
through pink noise, 

only not to be her. 

She is everywhere to me, 
in my mind. 
She is everything to me, 
and I am nothing 
without her.

© 2017 D Alan Johnstone



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"She is everywhere to me, in my mind" says it all. This poem speaks to everyone who has experienced lost love; a rush of hope, your heart racing, brain sorting possibility from reality, and then the moment hope fades. And, yet, we still hope; it's what we do as humans. Nice work!

Posted 8 Months Ago


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D Alan Johnstone

7 Months Ago

Thank you Robert!



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"the curl
of her love-letter lips
in crowded rooms"

What a definitive reference! I loved your closing lines, which came back to you with such impact.

Posted 5 Months Ago


I loved this! Especially the line "love-letter lips" ... wow, it makes one think of the kind of lips every girl would want to have.. the kind worthy of a love letter or a love writing.. keep it up!

Posted 7 Months Ago


I loved this! Especially the line "love-letter lips" ... wow, it makes one think of the kind of lips every girl would want to have.. the kind worthy of a love letter or a love writing.. keep it up!

Posted 7 Months Ago


D Alan Johnstone

7 Months Ago

Thanks Alexa! Yes, that was the intent. Lips worthy of notes of praise from and admirer, and lips th.. read more
Alexa Apothic Red

7 Months Ago

I agree completely! A worthy aspiration for both parties I would say...
Beautifully written! We take a risk when we give our love away not knowing for sure if it will last. Your poem perfectly describes those feelings we hold inside in the aftermath. Loved this write.

Posted 7 Months Ago


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RWE
"She is everywhere to me, in my mind" says it all. This poem speaks to everyone who has experienced lost love; a rush of hope, your heart racing, brain sorting possibility from reality, and then the moment hope fades. And, yet, we still hope; it's what we do as humans. Nice work!

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D Alan Johnstone

7 Months Ago

Thank you Robert!
She haunts even unfamiliar places. You really captured this feeling well, it's one that resonates with many people.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D Alan Johnstone

8 Months Ago

Thank you!
That twinge of hope one feels when experiencing this is maddening. Great job capturing those feelings

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

D Alan Johnstone

8 Months Ago

Thank you, Nicholas.
For me, the best way to deal with uncontrollable emotion is to write it .. read more

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Added on December 11, 2017
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