Originally posted and written 21.06.2011 – Re-published as part of an Edenbray Retrospective – 2019

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By rain, by the colour of her hair, by the sweet, soft fragrance of her cheek

The curls fell and warmed my senses like fragrant oil warmed by a winter sun

She could never take a step by me but by her own gentle manner and stealth

Only times extravagant hands could mould feelings so hard and scarred


I met her on a Tues-a-day when a kite flew and hit the clouds in a bird’s egg sky

It were a bag of surprises that burst and spilled shapes, some honey and golden

It never dawned it was tangled wool in wild cherry branches, twisted and thorned

None were prettier, long-legged nor honest than the raven haired, rose-hipped Colene


Not Betty Ball, not Mary Lane could catch a fire while my silken maid went a walkin’ by

Or smiled, or tidied her hair – for she and a garland of forest flowers were much sweeter,

She could lean like a willow ash, laugh like a spring of morning rain, speak so softly,

Bite like mosquitoes, leave hearts raw, sore or kiss like peaches dressed in rose petals …


… it were a story never told nor finished





I tried to write this poem, raw and straight from the heart just as a love poem should be. Countless people know that numbing, paralysing feeling of being ‘hurt’ in love.
That is what I have tried to capture. The raven haired beauty ‘ a gaelic darling who is blissfuly unaware of the damage she does – until one day she feels that same raw, heart scrape of unrequited love. It’s cold, simple, uncomplicated and painful. ~ Aww just shocking!

~ edenbray



#PROG-PROSE ~ A Progressive Love Poem – part of an #Edenbray retrospective – Re-posted today for a new generation!

About edenbray

I am a writer ... a beat poet who began writing poetry way back in 1966 ... 'edenbray is born ugly, wet, covered in blood, mucous & bodily functions, the effluence of my short life' ... I recently published my 1st solo Anthology - the best of 60 years writing - previously I ran my own Art Supplies Store for 40 yrs before I became a full-time writer I am a Blogger who has posted 1,000 poems - available in 24 themed booklets ... please ask for details + leave a 'like' or a comment for my encouragement, thank you so much for listening - I truly value your opinion on my work ~ in fact I literally survive on your creative input ~ edenbray
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