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OSI: "Evasive Maneuvers"

I’m once again participating in the poetry fun over at One Single Impression. If you enjoy poems and awesomeness of various stripes, why not pay them a visit?

This week, the prompt is “Elusive.” This word, for me, always conjures up two specific memories: Glenn Campbell singing the mind-destroyingly awful “Elusive Butterfly of Love” and my childhood efforts to say this word without spraying everyone with a fine mist (I had a lisp as a child so severe that it took six years of speech therapy to reduce it to its current state of mild Daffy-Duck-itude).

Today, though, I’m thinking about the things we desire the most elude us the most deftly. Whether it’s a word, a meal, a job, a mate…the things that are worth wanting seem to require the most chasing, although it may very well be that their value comes mostly from the difficulty of said chase.

With that in mind, I give you:

Evasive Maneuvers

From the first moment
My eyes touched yours and widened
I felt the hook set.

And though I possess
A sufficient strength of will
There the hook remains.

I’m pushing, pulling
And you hold the line, smiling
And enigmatic

But I wonder, dear
If I threw this hook, and fled
The line going slack

Ringed ripples marking
The point of my departure
Would you cast again?

Or would dawn find you
Standing, eyes wide, fighting now
A hook of your own?

Published in"The Gay."Fun Stuffpoetry

10 Comments

  1. @Bubbles von BonBon Wow, what do you know? I CAN still blush. Who knew? 😉

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  3. Very well done… I like the twist at the end…

    • @Bethany Thanks! I try to bring a little fun even to the serious stuff, but this poem just kinda popped into existence fully-formed. Sometimes we get lucky, I guess. 🙂

  4. What an interesting poem for the word elusive. I enjoyed the creative twist and play. Nicely done.

    • @Write Girl Thanks for visiting my site! I’m glad you liked the poem and I’m looking forward to reading your stuff as well!

  5. This is quite creative. What would each person do… if:
    If I threw this hook, and fled

    great question.
    Spirithelpers

  6. @Tammie Thanks! I appreciate the feedback…I think the best thing a poet can do is promote thought…part of our job is to answer the big questions, while we ask others. Thanks for visiting – I will check out your site as well! 🙂

  7. I know this game. It can be difficult,challenging, painful.

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