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Shuffling his feet, the coyness of him was transparent in his left shoe turned inwards without regret.
There was no confident stride in this man.
Dust pebbles were feebly scattered from his timid gait.
He was a man walking with all of a little boy’s anxiousness to please.

Would he tell her?

Would today be an end to the bricks that continued to build a tower of isolation and the blood mortar that kept him from accepting the invitation of love?
Drips of him and clay feet holding him back.

A sun apple shone high noon with reddish yellow streaks in the bluest sky.
Clouds were lines of whitish crayon thoughts with minimal impact on the atmosphere landscape.
Rain would not be his excuse of delay this day.

Yet the inner ice caps on his confidence sold him out and held him in the cold freeze of his intention to prove he was a man that could take her to a dream within all her dreams.
He lived in a lover’s hibernation.
A cold sweat drip fell upon a clever lonely man without a blanket of arms.

She saw a rather quiet man who seemed to have too much salt on his tongue and licked his lips too often with red chili fever.
She had not bothered to give him a sideway glance before and overlooked this man who could explain the velocity mapping of a falling star with eloquent excitement.

His fingers cramped uncomfortably in the physics of his own equations when it came to her who without mathematical certainty he had given his heart to.
His foot dragged a little more as he was now within speaking distance of his earthly supernova.
She smiled a nervous curious kind of smile and noticed that his eyes shone brighter and brighter.
And she began to see more than her stagnant bored heart had bargained for.

She had always held back but now she felt the droplets of something melting…

© K S Hardy 2010

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Opposites can attract but does it all implode or explode in the end? Or is something rather wonderful created from this kind of union?

I guess it will depend on what roads we have individually traveled to how this is answered……

Feelings and words fall on to the page
Sometimes they bite back
Sometimes they tug on our sleeve
Sometimes they have a cheeky grin
They stay once a page has found them
Words are faithful to us even in the dark

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  • aaeiinnn
    aaeiinnnalmost 5 years ago

    oh wow
    what an intricate way to describe his affection and his being
    the ‘sudden’ end was perfectly crafted
    annie x

  • Hi Annie…thanks for your visit….I really enjoyed writing this character driven piece. I could see his feet first when I began this…
    Hope you are doing well…xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    I saw a shade of myself in this. Great way to put that initial attraction and meeting….too many lines to mention but captured this so well…..and a great ending for the boys, Karen…..hope is a powerful aphrodisiac. xoxo

  • Oh it is for sure….the hope we can have may often be the driving force for the seeming impossible to happen….I know I have hoped for things that did not pass but then in place of that hope another took it’s place…sometimes we just have took look further right or left of us me thinks…
    I would love to know what shades are you? xoxo

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • LauraBroussard
    LauraBroussardalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice write……. !!

  • Thank you so much Laura….I have been meaning to ask about your interesting avatar. Are they marbles inside a locket? It has been intriguing me so I thought I must ask you… :O))

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 5 years ago

    Breathtaking in its Sensitivity KarenSue. You have captured his character, intention and attraction with exquisite grace. You have captured that fumble towards love in our human vulnerability to perfection. This is mighty fine and I am glad at the end she noticed his essence through the sparkle in the eye. You left me hanging wanting to read the next chapter :) I love the way you write. Anthea x

  • Hi Anthea…I admit this was really enjoyable for me to write. I had him so very clearly in my emotional radar and I being an observer of how people are …especially how some people are within their bodies got the ball rolling on this…..It is always makes me smile when I see a confident swagger and also the timid tiptoes of some people..
    Many thanks for your encouragement and support….. you make writing such a pleasure …xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Erika .
    Erika .almost 5 years ago

    oh my, oh my…. you’re most sublime piece in my eyes…

    His fingers cramped uncomfortably in the physics of his own equations when it came to her who without mathematical certainty he had given his heart to.

    Incredible KarenSue… xxx

  • Hello my far away darlling :O))
    This was a really lovely writing experience which I think has come through….I love the little nuances we can have that display parts of our character to each other.
    Hope life if treating you well…xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 5 years ago

    wonderful wonderful vulnerable and exquisite words 1LIZ

  • HI Liz…..yes indeed the the vulnerability was something I was trying to capture in this little write. Good news for me that you honed in on that… :O)) Thank You x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Soaps
    Soapsalmost 5 years ago

    Oh my, oh my, oh my. I fell in love with him too………… who could blame her.

    Oppisites attract but do they loiter……… one would hope so, for a while they should tarry.

    Your words are divine my friend, I loved every line my friend. Didn’t want it to come to an end? I won’t separate any to quote, because I would have to purchase the lot…… and this whole work make me float, and spin like a top…………..

    If she does not want him, can I have him please…………………..

    Wow Karen, this has to be in my opinion your best ever piece. Bravo and Encore!!!!

  • Hello my lovely Lux…this was a fun and enjoyable write. I was hoping to build the character in a way that was subtle but also rather open to view. Thanks for your vote of confidence on this little write….I am sure there are so many lovely people who do not get a second chance just cos they don’t seem to have the so called right framing around them…xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 5 years ago

    what an amazing write. diving deeply into character, amazing imagery and a most awesome and uplifting ending. a seriously fabulous write! again! : )) hugs xoxoxo

  • Hi there Shar
    He got there in the end…..feet shuffling and all…..I kinda fell for him too :O) xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarralmost 5 years ago

    As always your writing takes the reader on a journey of the soul and the mind and ends up in the heart. Perfectly brilliant writing my friend.

  • Hello there
    Don’t ya just love the little funny ways people can have that are unique to them…..I so enjoyed bringing this shy mathematical genius to romantic light…. Thank you for your compliments, to get such great feedback is immensely encouraging. xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • raymondoantonio
    raymondoantonioalmost 5 years ago


  • Helllooooo
    Thanks Ray :O)) I love writing….I think you can tell me thinks xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

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