The Sunday Wordle, for their Wordle 10 prompt, dished up the following words: pepper, copper, surface, grace, shape, flitting, sands, shade, haze, inhaling, silent, and kisses. I was very honored to have four of the words taken from my last week’s poem.

This was another of those top-down, organic writes. I suppose one might say it was written on autopilot, but this time I know where it came from. Sandy, this one is for you.

by Mike Patrick

Flickr image by zlaben9

No need for thought after all these years.
Cooking on autopilot,
she adjusting the heat under the copper pot
while sprinkling pepper on the simmering surface.

Her thoughts dwell in yesterday:
times when she still had her grace
and that hourglass shape.
Times like their honeymoon,
where they laughed
as they hopped from foot to foot
to escape the burning sand.
Chasing the moving shade of a lonely palm tree
kept them flitting from spot to spot all day.

In the evening haze they made love,
inhaling each other’s kisses
in silent wonder that so much love exists.

She was remembering the looks he gave her back then,
when she felt his lips on the back of her neck.
That had never changed.
She looked at him now and saw that same look,
that same love, staring back.
Turning off the stove,
she called him to dinner.

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  1. Mary says:

    Mike, this is such a romantic poem of reminiscence. Though time does not stand still, some things remain the same. Bravo for an excllent wordle!

  2. Sandy says:

    Honey, I love you more today than yesterday….The love of my life!!

  3. vivinfrance says:

    I forgot about the wordle, totally wrapped up in this loving poem.

  4. I loved this write! Remembering yesterday, still the same today!

  5. brenda w says:

    What a marvelous gift your words are for your love. This is beautiful. A sense of lifetimes shared underscores this piece, and love burns strongly throughout. Yay love, score for the team!

  6. Laurie Kolp says:

    Aww… that’s so sweet and romantic! I love the images and thoughtful contemplation within this piece.

  7. Mike, I am not one who goes for romantic poetry, but this is true testament of your love for your wife, Sandy. Eloquently and beautifully written piece.


  8. Susannah says:

    Wow, this is SO, SO beautiful

    Really special, I loved it!

  9. 1sojournal says:

    Mike, isn’t it great when the wordle words immediately spark a response and we can follow it easily, willingly, with a smile on our lips as we do so? I feel your smile throughout, it shines as does the love that created it and your words. You owned this one,


  10. pmwanken says:

    ** happy sighs of contentment **

    That’s what I hear when I read these words. Beautifully captured sentiments, start to finish!


  11. So romantic. To be wooed like that is anyone’s dream! Lovely prose and fitted in so well with all the wordle promt words too

  12. Traci B says:

    Beautiful poem, Mike! Sandy is a blessed woman. 🙂

  13. Becca Givens says:

    Ahhh, such sweet bliss … my goal is for Ray and me to grow up and be like you and Sandy!!! 😀

  14. Mr. Walker says:

    Mike, it’s beautiful. There is a reason poems like this come out organically. I love how you began and ended this, with cooking – a lovely frame for your message of love.


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