Friday, September 11, 2009

At Once



At once,
her hair was long shiny golden locks
At once,
her eyes were big blue ambiguous diamonds
At once,
her body long lean flexible agile
At once,
her frame curvaceous sensual seductive
At once,
her skin flawless pale pink dimpled
At once,
her lips pouty plush inviting
At once,
she danced gracefully in circles of delight
under the moonlit starry nights
At once,
her voice was intense pure finely tuned
to the key stroke of the piano
At once,
she stole the heart of every man
with the whisk of her grin twirl of her finger
At once,
she was a dreamer
At once,
her dreams all came true
At once,
was a long time ago...

37 comments:

  1. Oh Kay...I told you not to publish that picture I sent you! There was too much red mixed with my auburn hair dye at the time. I thought it looked a little trampy. Just focus on the bracelet...which never changes.

    (seriously, loved this piece)

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  2. Hugs to you. It is incredible. Incredibly true.

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  3. Kay, I feel you are writing about me personally and I love it. I so enjoyed my youth and now love the autumn of my life. I enjoy passing the torch to the youth, it is their turn to shine, to dance, to be beautiful.
    Happy Saturday.......:-) Hugs

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  4. Wonderful words. I love the picture. She's still beautiful.

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  5. Hmmmm, Kay, your words are lovely...but I don't agree that they are true. "At once" does not need to be a long time ago. It is the heart and soul of a person that makes them beautiful "at once."
    I think many may feel that "at once" was a long time ago, but that is a sad way to live one's life, don't you think? Every day is a gift to us and we must cherish the day, who we are right at that very moment...dreams don't need to die or wilt just because the physical body changes with age.

    Very thought-provoking post today! Good job, Kay, and thank you for giving us all much to ponder.
    xox

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  6. That poem kindled my thoughts. You write beautifully.

    Nice picture too :)

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  7. Kay,
    Our mind is the only thing that doesn't age - if we choose that. Your words describe that so well!!
    -Alex

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  8. it because she has a bright past that she has no future. no man or woman can look beyond what he had to what he has. the same lady up there may have 2 brilliant kids a cute dog and a loving husband. but she wud still kill for a time machine. irony?

    keep posting.

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  9. mmmm. once lamented...sad that it clouds her now. wonderfully written kay.

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  10. Hi Kay :) I responded to your sweet reply on my blog but I came over to pop it in here too :D

    For me, the "At Once" part was troubling because it was in the past. I love what you wrote though and I'm so very impressed with your writing. That's what good writers do, they inspire us, they provoke us, they teach us, they make us see things from a different perspective. You have done that and always do! I adore you and your beautiful poetry!

    You could not have picked a more perfect picture for your words either! I love it!

    Your poem is very true and right in that the aging process is a bittersweet one. We lose some things but we also gain so very much with life experience.
    One of your readers said the lady would jump in a time machine in a red hot second! Would I take my 20 year old body back...you betcha...but who I am today, I believe, is far more beautiful, peaceful, wise, patient...just so much more in so many ways and I wouldn't trade that for the world.
    I know who I am and what I want in my life today...I didn't know it back then.

    For me, "At Once" is now...it never really has to end, and one can only realize that with age. We will always have new dreams, even better dreams. Our dreams are like rough diamonds, polished over time to become the real stuff...dreams of a lifetime!
    Really great stuff, Kay!

    Have a Beautiful Day, Kay, and may every day of your life be an "at once!"

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  11. And so it is
    but I am learning,
    in this aging body of mine,
    that all those cohorts of the at once,
    well, they get older too.

    Love the photo that you married to this post.

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  12. Here's hoping for many, many more 'at once' moments ... I'd hate to think they have passed already

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  13. Kay,
    Thanks for the nice comments you just left on Family Fountain to my post on "Lasting and Happy."

    Ironically, I link here and find your well written poem (as all yours are) about a similar idea - that of growing older.

    My wife "stole the heart of (this) man" and still has it! Hopefully, she is finding her dreams still coming true!

    Your poetry captures a lot of thought, history and meaning in a few words. Good job.

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  14. So true. Ha! I will be there sooner than I know it! At lease 'her' and I will have the memories made. Loving your words, you.

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  15. I found most time as I was a person that lacked self-confidence for personal reasons, I never thought of myself as sexy, pretty, desireable. I slowly over came that , not 100%, but looking back now as I am ripening ha ha, I looked pretty dammed good LOL I to on my slumpy days, or I find a wrinkle, grey hair here and there, or my body shows signs of maturing lol thats a better word for it. I to wish I had many of those ' At Once " back.

    But now I look at my two children, young man and young lady and see myself in them and what I have created, ' At Once" I am HAPPY.

    Thanks for sharing this and always bringing me back to my memories of the past with GOOD and the present with adoration

    wonderful YOU !!! SMILES

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  16. She's still big. It's the pictures that got small!

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  17. Love it! the ending is always so powerful...
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend~

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  18. I love this one Kay!! It makes so much sense.. The ending was perfect.. sigh! :)

    I have told this before, but I'll say it again, you are one powerful writer.. :) Awesome poetess!!! :) wow!

    Cheers,
    Annie.

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  19. that was really beautiful and so very true

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  20. I loved this post. The picture, the poetry - you really nailed what I have been churning on lately. How time passes and people do too. What was once - was a long time ago. But why doesn't it feel that way?

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  21. interesting poem.I like the way you developed it. I would have thought if she realized all her dreams she would have more of a contentement and wide smile.

    you asked what do you say for Rosh Hashonna. You say LeShana Tova. (Happy New Year)

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  22. a poignant piece, kay. i think of an older
    american woman in paris living in a pretty
    but small flat - waiting for her youth
    to return.

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  23. This is just incredibly beautiful.

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  24. Wow. This was profound. And very true. All of a sudden, we are going to look at our lives and wonder when we turned into our parents. Beautifully written.

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  25. You nailed it Kay. I love this poem!

    Personally, I'm learning to be comfortable with those dreams by expanding on them and learning to love the imperfections I have become more intimate with.

    Thank you for your comment. :)

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  26. kay, your words are stunning ...

    (hmm, also, I just tagged you in a post over on my blog ... so, go check it out!!)

    jonas :)

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  27. oooh SO much fun to find another poet! yummy goods you got girl. yeah!

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  28. Excellent. You are discussing a subject that I find so fascinating: aging. I always wonder how much I will change in twenty years and what things I will remember.

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  29. This one reeeeally touched me, for some reason. Maybe I'm seriously mourning the passing of my youth?
    Beautiful

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  30. Whoa, loved the twist in the end!! Great going!

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