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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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