Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Just another day

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I pull back my curtains, it’s the start of the day. A silvery sun is shimmering above a motionless sea in the early morning sky, a sky of palest blue smudged with clouds of baby pink.

Outside my window a rose has opened. It wasn’t there yesterday. It’s the first of the year, its pink petals unfurling, bobbing in a breeze as gentle as a baby’s breath. A handful of cherry blossom petals flutter down from above.

I turn on my radio. A song wafts me back to a time when love filled my life. I close my eyes and we dance round and round, slowly, as if floating on a cushion of air. I whisper the words in her ear. ‘You are so beautiful, to me’. But it’s all in my mind. Just a distant memory.

A boy and girl walk hand in hand past my door. They slow, then smile at each other. They stop then embrace, just for a second, then walk on.

A postman is struggling up the hill, hunched, with a bulging bag on his back. A bag fuller than usual, stuffed with pink envelopes and anonymous messages of love.

He waves.

He passes me by.

It's just another day.
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14 comments:

  1. sounds like valentines' is getting to you Keith, and looks like spring is in the air for you! Lucky you :) Be happy. :)

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  2. The Literary Prostitute12 Feb 2008, 22:21:00

    You really captured the essence of being single on Valentine's Day. I personally hate this holiday (even though I'm married) and we intend to boycott it. No heart-shaped boxes of candy for us! Though I'm crossing my fingers for extra computer time--you know, just 'cause he loves me. :-)

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  3. This was a very poignant story- lovely! My husband refuses to celebrate Valentine's day - he says it's too commercial, but as he buys me flowers often and tells me he loves me, I'm happy!

    I have tagged you for a meme. I'm hoping that you have a very long middle name, I'd love to see what you do with this!

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  4. What a beautiful job you did with this, Keith.....
    Memories and longing........
    Such descriptive words......

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  5. Can feel the spirit of Valentine here...but oh so sad!! you've written so well about beign lonely on this lovely day, though it is no different than other days

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  6. How wierd I thought I left a comment on here yesterday. Well just for that first things first. Great post I love this piece I think that it is very well written. Second big smooches to you and a wish for a very Happy Valentine's Day.

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  7. Indeed, Keith, indeed.

    It's just another day for me, too. I've celebrated valentines this way for as long as I can remember and I have no complaints - its just the way it is for me.

    I almost celebrated valentines in 2003 the way it should be celebrated - but fate was not kind to me, days before the hearts' day my dream valentine's day just became impossible and it is the same the way it was before - just another day - until now.

    I think there are still other reasons to be happy today.

    So, I am still happy.

    Happy Valentines Day!

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

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  8. Happy Valentine's day to you Keith!

    That is such a tale of longing & sweet memories...

    If it is just another day, I hope all your day may be full of love!

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  9. Ahhh you romantic You! It's all such a load of cod's isn't it? Just another day ... where tradition has been ravaged by media and retail hype! Hope you had a coldie or two ;)

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  10. Keith,

    Bellisimo!!! Such a gorgeous song, meant to full express the depths of love for another. I enjoyed this post as well. May this day bring about surprise for you. May your heart be filled with Love be it for someone or with gratitude for what you have in life. Have a great day today xoxoxo

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  11. aww Keith that wasn't the anti-valentine poem I expected. That was just beautiful and a bit heartbreaking. GO get some love baby! Reach out... it will be there again. Happy Valentines day
    ( there, I said it so it's not just another day! xox)

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  12. Sent you some love from NZ without a silvery shimmering sun but pouring clashing rain drumming on the window. What a beautiful piece of writing. Oh and Joe cocker was here last week He is gone as well Maybe he is heading your way.

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  13. Love this post. And thanks for your comment on my post about my daughter and how she's changed. I pray it's only a phase, but she is the rebellious type.

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