artwork by phil burns

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you are genteel
unfailingly polite
and I am neither

you always blushed
so easily and so prettily
at the slightest provocation
and I was always one to provoke

your cheeks glowed so brightly
and the colour darkened
as it crept down your lovely neck
like the sunset over the Firth of Clyde
and I was amused

you were a friend
well not even
rather the friend of a friend
and I had no thoughts of anything else

until one day
when you blushed
I noticed that your pretty knees
sitting so demurely side by side
became more rosy
and I wondered if that were a continuation

so I pursued you
my teasing softening to charm
and then seduction
and you succumbed
and I discovered that it was indeed so

I discovered also
that we were no longer
just friends of a friend
but something much deeper
and even more glorious
than your head to toe blush

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15 Responses to blush

  1. Lindsey says:

    Perhaps you’ve shifted my romantic cynicism a little. Lovely words.


  2. Bridgette says:

    Oh, I think you’ve made us all blush 😊


  3. Rosemary Lynch says:

    Beautiful poem, you certainly have a way with romantic words
    Lovely 🌹🥰
    Cute elephant too 🥰


  4. Vintage, CE. ‘it crept down your lovely neck
    like the sunset over the Firth of Clyde’. A gem.


    • ceayr says:

      Thanks, Doug.
      If you ever stand on Ayr beach, looking out across the Clyde to watch the sun slip behind the Sleeping Warrior, as we call the highest range on Arran, then you feel that ache in the heart that is a mixture of love and longing…
      Kinda thing!

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  5. jenne49 says:

    Beautiful romantic and delightfully mischievous!
    And I love the Elephant.


    • ceayr says:

      The great thing about fiction, Jenne, is that anything can happen!

      AnElephantCant deny he’s cool
      although sometimes he’s just a big tease
      but once in a while
      a nice lady will smile
      and he blushes right down to his knees


  6. Liz H says:

    Lovely how this poem creeps up liltingly and intensfies, to the final reveal! 💗


  7. You do have an irresistibly devilish charm about you, C.E. ❣️


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