A Poem by Mark

Ever have one of those hopeless, out-of-the-blue infatuations? I'll bet you have!




Softer  shoulder have I never met--

Not woman one has matched them yet.

Nor sweeter smile have I yet known

Than that which last night’s seatmate’s shown.


The acts onstage--one great, one sad--

Were but grace notes to the dream I had

Of  sweeping that lass into my arms

And easing her heart’s late alarms.


Then through her flaxen tresses run

My quiv’ring fingers, ‘til the sun

Our paths diverts, and sends us each

Where naught but yearning e’er can reach.


I do not doubt you think me mad,

As the symptoms you bear, I’ve caught them bad

But of this one thing I’m certain sure:

If she’s my disease, she is also the cure!




So I’ll ask Catherine, ‘Think no ill of Mark’;

This infatuation is but a lark.

But if Fate would deign to bring my way

The shoulder which bordered mine that day

I’d be forever thrilled to stay

Adjacent to Seat 20, Row K.


mark teague

July 20, 2014


© 2014 Mark

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Wow, This is so good, love the rhyme and flow so much. You are very poetic

Posted 2 Years Ago

Just a glance, an accidental touch can be the trigger that sends such a thrill racing through both the body and the mind, and for a long time afterwards such things can make us fantasize (in a good way of course,) of what might have been. I love that last line, it says it all. T.

Posted 9 Years Ago


9 Years Ago

Thank you very much for your kind comments. I shall try to respond in kind.
Infatuations like these are the stuff of life, Mark, and you express it so well. The eyes meeting across a crowded room, and the sudden electric link that makes it impossible for either you or she to drag your gaze away. Yes, it's happened to me as well, a long, long time ago, but never forgotten.

Posted 9 Years Ago


9 Years Ago

Thank you, David. She had posted her business card on her Facebook page, and I called her once, but .. read more
You do so have that way with words that bespeaks nobility well done mark .I hope Catherine likes it.

Posted 9 Years Ago


9 Years Ago

If you are fond of Edgar Poe at all, would you please review my recent expansion upon my old verse, .. read more
Tate Morgan

9 Years Ago

Are you talking about the raven that i once reviewed

9 Years Ago

Same poem, very much expanded, however; I had occasion in September to actually visit that esteemed .. read more
Very nice, Mark. Full of passion and excellent flow. And thanks for writing again. It's been some time since we've had a piece from you. This one is extremely welcome.

Much enjoyed. High marks.

Best regards,


Posted 9 Years Ago

Thanks so much for discreetly inviting me to read your latest, newest posts!

This has a sweet sense of humour, a suitably romantic streak and a feel of complete loss to the fair lady, Mark. As in the past, your rapturous approval of the ladies - especially this one, has remained 'on the boil' and, with words perfect, style individual and a finish that equals all previous others.. you swipe the board with full marks. Great to see you back!

Posted 9 Years Ago

seems like a while since i've seen you writing. you have great style and great sentiment in your words. it's great reading you again.

Posted 9 Years Ago


9 Years Ago

Thanks, bob...Yes, it has been a while, fer shurr, but if there were ever an incentive to start a ma.. read more
Life is full of such surprises when you really don't expect them lol Sigh, this is beautiful Mark...you have an elegance to your poetry that moves the heart x

Posted 9 Years Ago


9 Years Ago

It means so much to hear that from you, Ruth, as, despite the deep differences in our respective sty.. read more

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