A Poem by Betty Hermelee

What happens?




Two retiring souls

lonesome, though untroubled

houses greet each other

shared driveways

middle age woman who takes to art

older army vet who prefers to sit

on his dilapidated porch

a mere smile on encounters

he tips his hat

no words


On a warm summer eve

as the sun delights in its restful space

by chance, the two convene at driveway’s end

a pleasant smile

to their contentment

the army vet bids “good evening”

the woman mutters “hi”


Next morn, a congenial chat

at the mailboxes

words appear to flourish

eyes express relief

hence, an affable twosome emerges

isolation thaws

sun-drenched chuckles

to moonlight strolls

a new chapter takes a bow




© 2021 Betty Hermelee

Author's Note

Betty Hermelee
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We have recently been so pressured into staying apart that life takes on a new meaning when a warm friendship develops
I'm even talking to my wife and kids now that we've all been vaccinated!

Posted 6 Days Ago

Betty Hermelee

6 Days Ago

Thanks Dave, I applaud you for doing that, but watch out for the DELTA VARIANT... you may to go back.. read more
And such is life: offering a smile and an upturned palm is said to offer friendship, The eyes observe the relaxed show of teeth as not bestial, the upturned palm declare no weapon carried..So sayeth the sages. And that is how trust is shared. Your words are crisp and clean, Betty.- as ever and lay the tale of two different people erasing fear and somehow learning how to think outside selves.

That final line opens another path - another poem.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

And maybe part 2? Anyway thank you always Emma for your thoughtful reviews.
Take care, have a.. read more
One of the positives from the isolation we have known of late and some for way longer before that, finding common ground within their err, common ground 😊
A delightful tale with a big smile ending, as we realise that being neighbourly could really catch on once more, if we do our part and allow it to flourish.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

Thank you dear Lorry
Best, B
what a great story here.
the houses greet each other, the man and woman greet each other...years of silence thaws into some much needed conversation and companionship.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

Thanks so much J, means a lot..
Best, B.
I really like the idea behind this poem. Out of the most unlikely situations, a spark can develop which leads to friendship.or even romance. We aren't meant to be alone and yet covid unfortunately has done that for many. Thank you for the great share Betty. All the best.


Posted 1 Week Ago

Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

Thank you k dear Chris... you are right, best not to be alone.... Thank you for the lovely reviewread more
Chris Shaw

1 Week Ago

You are welcome Betty. Have a good weekend.
We find solace and companionship in the least likely of places sometimes.

Love this tale of the shared driveway and two people connecting as a result of it.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Betty Hermelee

1 Week Ago

Thanks so much K…appreciate your reviews
Best, B.

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Added on July 15, 2021
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Betty Hermelee
Betty Hermelee

Black Mountain, NC

My love of poetry resulted from my love of art. As a painter I am able to express myself on a canvas. As a poet my words come from my heart, my moods, sometimes sad, mostly upbeat. I like to use vivid.. more..


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