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He is your unfinished novel.
chapter one -
a casino in Biarritz,
your mother's sapphire locket,
a beacon below your smile;
fingers cooly fanning out
a hand of baccarat
as he swears he would give up
his daughter's soul
for you.

Chapter four-
sipping Kir Royale
at a garden party in Mayfair,
a spare husband or two
wondering how you would look
dressed only in his wife's pearls
or a strand of diamonds.

The eighth chapter,
a train in Morocco;
the wheels keeping time
with your stories.
You're Mata Hari
when a stranger invites you
to the dining car
to share a dry martini.

And the last twelve pages -
the streets of Curacao;
he steals oranges
from a merchant's boat
and calls you Katarina,
steel pan breaking down
the tourists smiles
and leaving the world

incomplete.
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AElfrics-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fabulous! Love the notion of an ever-changing perception of one person. We're all lucky if we can find someone who fills all of our petits désirs. x
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Writer
It is difficult to find, but attainable.
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swansisters Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Witty, poignant and elegant, wonderful last line.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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RestlessSands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
all the places in this, and the man :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I really appreciate it!
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anapests-and-ink Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Romantic, yet gritty. Not entirely sure why, but it reminds me of "A Long and Fatal Love Chase" (Louisa May Alcott's tragic romantic thriller). I really like it.

(um, is there an apostrophe missing from "tourists"?)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Writer
It is definitely full of imagery from romance novels - the way men are portrayed. And yeah...probably. Thanks!
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tonepainter Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice.

Were you ever a bartender?
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iamPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Bravo! You need to gather all of your poems and put together a book/e-book, whichever.
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LoliMoetan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Interesting as always.
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kamcalste Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really liked the concept. I thought you portrayed it well. Good work. :)
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IsabellaMichel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Writer
:heart: mhmmmm. This is quite nice. Yes, I do believe I lovei t.
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Mymorbidfairytale Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just as amazing as expected.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
As always, smooth and elegant writing.
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A-Cute-Monstrosity Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Writer
This piece is fantastic and beautifully written! =D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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A-Cute-Monstrosity Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Writer
You're absolutely welcome! =)
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this work,magnificent my dearest Brendan!:hug:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbigheartplz:
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Blood-Lace Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This entire piece is beautiful, but that second verse is perfection. Well done, as always.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks. I started this one well over a year ago, but it was too heavy and loaded down. I lost it, but was able to remember key phrases. This version is much better!
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Blood-Lace Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Good editing! Your hard work definitely paid off. Well done, well done.
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FailedxExperimentx13 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Aha, it's so sad, it makes it sound like all men cheat or only ever think about sex. (Ok, so maybe the second one is a little true...)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Actually I was coming from the romanticized novel male character that some women seem to love...but your interp. works!
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FailedxExperimentx13 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ahahaha, alright, I'm good with whatever you were thinking too. ^^ I have weird interpretations.
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I hereby decree you THE MASTER WORDSMITH! :D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
That is incredibly nice of you - many thanks!
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saltwaterlungs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You are very welcome! :D
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SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well crafted.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks - that is greatly appreciated!
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SylvanSmith Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Our individual worlds are never complete; it's what keeps life worth living.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Hopefully we are always evolving!
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Much of the time, it's just rEvolving.
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   General Artist
Brilliant and eloquent and awe-inspiring, as always, good sir:heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it.
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   General Artist
Most welcome! :la:
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much for those words.
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome! :heart:
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   Writer
Lovely.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I was not sure about this one...
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012   Writer
And yet I think it's one of your best.... :heart:
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