You are my touchstone . . .

You were my honey mine,
sipping bubblicious.
Feeling passions quake
in hot and youthful ardor.

You proposed with golden band
rich in love, but not in funds.
Hearts expanded, two to four,
those we called our wonder years.

Till suddenly we caught our breath,
their childhood gone, somehow over.
Watch we did as they left home,
amazed were we, as two again.

Seasons passed and reappeared
our path ahead, much shorter now.
But kisses still doth kindle joy
for you and I, our love defined.

Love divine, a decoupage
years layered upon years.
Passion flows through comfort,
your skin next to mine
love within familiar folds.


Sarah hosts Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. She is thinking about all the computer games that occupy so much time of some people. She asks us to choose three games from among those in a list she provides; and use those three names in our poem. I selected the games Honey Mine, Quake, and Overwatch – the latter split between two lines in stanza 3. Photo is taken at Pilgrims First Landing Park in Provincetown, MA. Most folks don’t know the pilgrims first landed in Provincetown but did not find it to their liking and went on to Plymouth. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time: come join us! 

38 thoughts on “You are my touchstone . . .

  1. The Abject Muse February 12, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    This is touching and beautiful. There really *is* such a thing as happily-ever-after, then? Even if there isn’t, your writing makes me believe in it. Well done!

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    • lillian February 12, 2019 / 3:11 pm

      Oh my yes. I am definitely a believer in “happily ever after” if one means together, facing all that life brings and loving each other through all the twists and turns….the crowded and uncrowded times. Glad you enjoyed.

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  2. sarahsouthwest February 12, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    I’m glad you named the games – it ran so smoothly I barely noticed them! I love the idea of love as decoupage – such an utterly perfect metaphor for a long relationship. Really lovely.

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    • lillian February 12, 2019 / 3:12 pm

      Thank you, Sarah. At first I had them bolded for easily seeing them….but I thought it took away from the reading. Glad I did list the ones I used. I loved this prompt! 🙂

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    • lillian February 12, 2019 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you, Bjorn. Yes — 49 years on Feb 7. And when we are young parents or newlyweds, at least for us, there was no realization that the majority of our years together will be as a twosome so one best to marry one’s love and one’s best friend! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.


  3. Nancy Jahnke February 12, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    Love is writing poetry about George and thelove you share! Getting a bit emotional here! Curious about the stone engraved with your names?

    Sent from my iPhone


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    • lillian February 13, 2019 / 3:30 pm

      LOVE seeing your comments and thoughts here! And so happy you’re following mmy blog!
      We’ve taken the ferry from Boston to Ptown for one or two weeks every year since we moved to Boston in ‘97. Before rejuvenatement (never say retirement), always the week after July 4. Since we rejuvenated, the 2 weeks after Labor Day. Quite some time ago they were raising $ to rehab their historical townhall. You could donate by purchasing a stone and having it engraved as you wished (letter and space limits). So we did! This is our stone among many in Pilgrim’s Landing Park….a very small circle of land, surrounded by trees on three sides…not the side that faces the ocean…in a roundabout at the quiet west end of town, where the pilgrims originally landed. When we rented bikes in town, we always drove out to see it and walk out on the breakwater rocks at low tide. Now that we don’t bike anymore, we rarely get there so made sure to get this picture.


  4. Glenn Buttkus February 12, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    A lovely ballad of love, in for the long run. The pic is certainly ironic. Obviously George and Lil have fared better than George and Martha, right?

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    • lillian February 13, 2019 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you, Carol. Hard to believe it’s been 49 years!


  5. robtkistner February 12, 2019 / 6:09 pm

    This is so touching and warm Lillian. Put a bit of a lump in my throat. Most effective use of the game titles…

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    • lillian February 13, 2019 / 3:33 pm

      Thanks, Rob….tried to get in the Elders one but it just didn’t fit the mood.


  6. Candy February 12, 2019 / 7:06 pm

    what a beautiful story of a life-long love


    • lillian February 13, 2019 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you, Candy. Thankful for every day.


  7. rothpoetry February 12, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Sweet love that lasts is hard to find. You are fortunate to have weathered the storms and all those decoupage layers and still have your candy crush!

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    • lillian February 13, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      That’s how I could have slipped in that game title!


    • lillian February 13, 2019 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you. So glad you enjoyed.


  8. kim881 February 13, 2019 / 2:23 am

    Thank you for the photo and historical fact, Lill. I didn’t know that about the pilgrims and Provincetown. I like the way you start with the quaking passions of youth and take us through a quick tour of your lovely romantic history – your decoupage of years and ‘love within familiar folds’.

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  9. Frank Hubeny February 13, 2019 / 10:26 pm

    Nice line: “But kisses still doth kindle joy”


  10. Mish February 14, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    A perfect way to strike back at the techy titles …..put them into a lovely poem about LOVE.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian February 21, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      Yep — never been much of a techie but I do love my man! 🙂


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