THE MEETING

THE MEETING

A Poem by Betty Hermelee
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homecoming....

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THE MEETING

 

T’is five o’clock as I await under the lantern


at bridges end

The clouds scatter as the mist lifts

And darkness is soon upon us

 

Yet, no sound or view of my soldier

Perhaps the ship has delay

Or the train or

He is on a trek on the footpath

With weighty breath and hopes

To locate me

Unquestionably, he shall emerge before long

 

T’is muggy and the mosquitos  prance around me

As my perfume drives them crazy

Just as I flap them off

I hear footsteps in the distance

My body quivers in excitement for an instant

The paces are tawdry

T’is  the moment to sprint towards them

And surprise him

 

In a jiffy I compress into his arms

It is black, no moon

Yet our embrace sparks our passion

His woolen army coat feels divine on my chilly face

We enfold for what seems like hours

Our wet lips struggle for one more

Then hand in hand we meander

Back to my house

Owls hoot goodnight and sweet dreams

Once inside, I view a face worn from war and strife

Sunken eyes, dark rings below

And a scruffier beard

An appearance of exhaustion and fear

I take hold of it and smother with gentle kisses

As he permits me

Before we enter the bedroom

I brew some tea for respite

Prior to our nocturnal wanderlust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2023 Betty Hermelee


Author's Note

Betty Hermelee
part of a series "At Bridges End"

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‘Sunken eyes, dark rings below
And a scruffier beard
An appearance of exhaustion and fear
I take hold of it and smother with gentle kisses’

Beautiful words
Loved the whole poem Betty !

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much Julie, it’s inspiring…
Best to you
B.
Oh how lovely is this Betty, making the reader want more...
I find these words really interesting...
Before we enter the bedroom
I brew some tea for respite
Prior to our nocturnal wanderlust
Really wonderful,
Lisa

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Lisa you're making me blush!, thank you so much for continuing to read the series...means a lot!
read more
I mean just wow!!! That's too good! 🥺

Hey! I just feel that I'm that...!!!

Really I am bound to say...
"A poetry is something that makes you relive it" and I'm pretty sure, for me it's the one!

Again That's too cool! 🥺

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your fine review
Best, Betty
What I like about your poetry is the fact that each tells a story. This being no exception. I like this layered piece of meetings and things that have probably happened. I could also say that athough I might not know too much about romance I do know about mosquitos.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Sorry for the delay….out of town, but I wanted to read your wonderful review Ken; thank you, much .. read more
Lucky moments in one solder's lives.....A detailed story ready for a move moment! Absolute delight.
Thank you for sharing the experience

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

And thank you for a thoughtful review
Best,B
At first wasn’t sure how this was going to go and was delighted all went well. I could see the scene clearly, I could feel the excitement of the sound of footsteps and ultimately that moment when joy is expressed, tension released and they are in each others arms. You have penned this entire series extremely well as the reader couldn’t help feel for these characters you created. Loved it.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Wow! What a fine and thoughtful review L.S., much appreciated
Best, B
I imagine scenes such as those depicted here have occurred during many wars and in many countries. You can tell the soldier has seen things no one should see by his appearance, sunken eyes, dark circles and all. By poem's end, however, we are assured he will receive some of the best medicine ever to help him heal.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thank you John for a very thoughtful review!
Best
B.
And they live happily ever after???
I doubt this is the end of their tale and hope they get some "personal time" before being dragged back to the unrealities of war.
But enough about that, let them enjoy their time together for now.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

Thanks for a lovely review lorry; you are always appreciated!
Best
B.
This is such a complete and beautiful story in itself! An emotional journey the reader takes with you, right from the beginning till the end. It begins wit a mix of anxiety, fervor and sheer love that she feels for her soldier as he trudges back to her, weary from war and all its pains and hardships. Here, the reader is filled with such joy when they met. Their reunion is the stuff dreams are made of and though she senses he's battle weary, there is such a sensual expectation to their togetherness and the night of passion that awaits them. I loved this poem for the sheer emotion you weave into every line and image. It is as if I'm watching the lovers from close quarters and feeling the ecstasy that they feel. Kudos Betty!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

I am overwhelmed by your thoughtful and tender comments Divya, You really read between every line..... read more
DIVYA

1 Year Ago

Absolutely loved this poem! You're so welcome.
I haven't kept up as to whether 'he' will be leaving you after some sort of stay
by it sounds as tho you are both finding life difficult
Is there time enough for a bit of rest and relaxation
He wondered

Posted 1 Year Ago


Betty Hermelee

1 Year Ago

No time at all, its either sex or soldier!!!
Thank s Dave for your wonderment....and a great .. read more

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Betty Hermelee

Black Mountain, NC



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