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Anyone for Love? -- Number 1 at Kindle Store
by John Howard Reid

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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To my surprise and delight, I find I'm number one at Amazon's Kindle store today in the Australian category of Poetry. I must admit I don't particularly like the title poem any more. It was written years ago at a time when I tended to overdo things. "Anyone for Love?" has a few apt phrases, but I now much prefer other poems in this collection.


Anyone for Love?

 

 

Whatever happened to Romance?

You remember Romance—Romance with that Romanesque glance,

that hungry thirst for tulip-tossed words in time and season,

those whispered endearments in boundless variations of radiance,  

rhyme, rhythm and reason.

 

What unhappy critic would seek to refute

Love’s hackneyed expressions of enslavement?

What misogynist would spurn his lover’s argument,

her surrender to a spell of all that is both clichéd and cute?

 

Have your ears echoed those forever seasonal phrases, those great

repetitive keys to the unlocking of heaven’s gate?

Those simple, innate

words: “I love you.

And only you.

You alone.

My own.” 

John Howard Reid

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/15/2010
I love this poem, it's beautifully penned and nostalgic to perfection.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 11/11/2010
John,

A great poem about the loss of romance. And most hearty Congratulations on your achievement!! I'll have to check it out.

Mary
Reviewed by Paul Judges 11/11/2010
Great news, John.....well done !
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