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Richard de Nooy

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Eternally

(for my beloved on our 20th anniversary)

In one hundred years, you said
We’ll be forgotten, you and I
Not bad for a first date
Spaghetti frozen on our plates
The wine a patient witness
Love clawing at our throats
The present briefly non-existent
As if absorbed into eternity
Which realigned the future
All sense of time was lost
Twenty years became a day
An hour in twenty thousand
A sigh amid the aeons
And there our love remained
Trapped between ebb and flow
You the restless sea
I the stubborn land
Ceaselessly we scrawled
Our names in the wet sand
Hurried our ephemeral verse
Forever almost out of breath

Ceaselessly we scrawled our names in the wet sand

(The Dutch coast near Egmond aan Zee. Photo by Astrid Vonk.)

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(The soothing composition below, featuring guitar and Garage Band, is by Mr Vincent Kruger.)

 

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    February 14th, 2012 @13:07 #
     
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    For my beloved on our 20th anniversary.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    February 15th, 2012 @11:27 #
     
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    I like the shifting tones in the poem, the balance between hilarity and honouring.

    Congratulations xx

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  • <a href="http://www.michellematthews.co.za" rel="nofollow">Michelle</a>
    Michelle
    February 15th, 2012 @12:04 #
     
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    Lovely. Arthur and my first date was exactly like that.

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  • <a href="http://www.sapartridge.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    Sally
    February 15th, 2012 @14:26 #
     
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    Such a beautiful poem.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    February 15th, 2012 @15:35 #
     
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    Thanks, all, for your lovely comments. May love abide and all that.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    February 24th, 2012 @09:42 #
     
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    Infinity revealed itself last night. When we were putting this poem to music, I discovered that it can also be read backwards, line by line. I have altered the poem to reflect this. Now to find a way to lay it out as a lying figure of eight.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    November 1st, 2012 @09:24 #
     
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    Updated with earporn featuring myself and the fabulous Mr Vincent Kruger on guitar and Garage Band.

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