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Old Feelings, New Feelings   1508.04.07  
Creators: Elizabeth Barrette (Writer), Ellen Million (Inspiration)
The relationship between age-mates Tenyo and Frei changes over time. (poem)
Posted: 08/16/12      [1 Comment] ~ 134 words.
 

Tenyo has known Frei
all their lives,
his boyish mischief
slowly turning
to mannish charm.

Though she cannot see,
she can hear
his quick footfalls
still rushing headlong
into everything.

Tenyo does not rush;
she always moves
with careful deliberation.
Her feelings, too,
are slow and thoughtful.

The night after they pass
their adulthood tests,
Tenyo listens to
the throbbing drums
and crackling fire.

The others are dancing
while she sits, waiting.
Something jingles nearby,
something attached to
quick footsteps.

"I brought you this,"
Frei says to Tenyo.
The bell feels
cool and smooth
in her palm.

Tenyo reaches out,
and Frei cups
her other hand
to his face, waiting
for her response.

Her feelings for him
are old as summer ice,
new as late winter sunrise.
Tenyo adds his bead
to her necklace.

Author's Notes

This poem came out of the July 2012 Muse Fusion, as the freebie for that session. It was inspired by a prompt from Ellen Million, and originally published in The Wordsmith's Forge.


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