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Saturday, 23 January 2016

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It is beautiful here today at Tintagel:
the sun is shining, there is a gentle breeze;
the tide is out, the beach is sandy
and children's excited laughter fills the air.
I have come here with someone who makes me smile.
He is interesting, funny, and is never condescending
when he pays me compliments. He holds my hand
and gazes so tenderly into my eyes,
while gently guiding me through the rocky dampness of Merlin's Cave,
as far as the deserted beach beyond.
He is a gentle man and a sensitive one - exactly the kind
I've always believed I needed, one who readily understands
my every unspoken need and fulfils my every whim.
It is late afternoon and we've shared a perfect day - except
I've hated every moment...
because he isn't you.

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  1. Ah so well understood, "Y"_!

    __Though not HE... he spurred the memories of HE, and that she hated every moment amplifies her loss. Yet he, was there for her, and he was probably aware of her feelings.

    __Do we feel things like this on a daily basis? IT_ is not as it once was. IT, a metaphor for it. _m

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    1. Aah...yes...the delusions of youth ;)
      A situation I found myself in at the tender age of 19...and the one I was yearning for turned out to be the total opposite of how I'd believed he would be!
      On the other hand, the one I was with became my partner for the next three years!
      I was so glad he forgave me (even though I didn't deserve it) :/

      Many thanks, Doug.:)

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  2. I think, I know what U sayin ... have been on ma own now for 3 years, and feelin so much better ... U can do it 2, girl ... smiles ...Love, cat.

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    1. I used to be so scared of being on my own, Cat...but then my recent experience of Austin being in hospital and possibly never returning home to me...well, I had to face the grim possibility.
      It certainly wasn't easy...but at one point, I felt almost resigned to it.
      Yep, reckon if I had to...I could do it now.
      Many thanks!:)

      Lots of Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  3. Was it King Arthur...or Sir Galahad, dear Ygraine? Maybe it was neither but your own dear Sir Austin.
    Beautiful to see and made even lovelier with your enchanting words~

    Hugs & Much Love
    xoxoxo

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    1. Oh I wouldn't have had any doubts about Sir Austin! ;)

      If I had slipped into the Legend though...well...not sure I could make the choice any more than Guinevere could!! lol

      Many thanks, dearest Jan :)

      All My Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  4. I find your words deeply spoken from the heart.

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    1. Oh thank you, Lon...so much!

      Sending you my sincerest Blessings...in the hope that you are hurting less with each passing day.
      My thoughts are with you always...:)

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  5. So beautiful...and human.

    Excellent.

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    1. Many thanks, Christopher.
      I really appreciate that!

      Have a great day.:))

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  6. very nice and a beautiful beach. i always like your expressions - your poems - your words. very nice.

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    1. One of my most favourite places on earth, Sandy...but then I haven't seen a great deal of our beautiful planet!
      Thank you so much for your kind words.
      So glad you enjoyed.:)

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  7. Very moving, dear Ygraine. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent.

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  8. Very moving, dear Ygraine. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent.

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    1. Just a distant memory resurfacing, Linda...oh to be young and carefree just once more! *smiles*

      Many thanks, my dear friend.:)

      Big Hugs xoxoxo

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  9. Hello Ygraine,
    That's great. Sweet and lovely words with a beautiful picture.
    That must be a nice place to be.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. Yes, such a beautiful beach...and so filled with history and atmosphere.
      I absolutely adore this place!

      So happy you enjoyed this, Marco...and thank you so much...:)

      A Hug :))

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  10. You got me there, at the end. What a sweet way to finish such a beautiful poem. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Oh thank you, CiL...so much!

      Greetings from a thoroughly miserable Hampshire!
      Still, spring is just around the corner (or so I'm told!) *smiles*

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  11. Very moving and beautiful! I like the look of your blog! Hugs!

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    1. Oh thank you, Sweetie...and so glad you like the blog too!

      Lots of Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  12. Boa tarde, a imagem maravilhosa é merecedora das suas pelas palavras sentidas do coração.
    AG

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    1. Thank you so much, AG...I truly appreciate that!

      A Hug :))

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  13. Oh, how wonderful Loved this poem!
    You have such a way with words!

    Happy New Year dear Ygraine
    xoxo

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    1. So happy you liked this, Margie...and thank you so much!:)

      Wishing you the Happiest New Year too...and have a wonderful holiday.

      Lots of Love xoxoxo

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    1. Many thanks, Deeps.:)

      Have a great Sunday! :))

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  15. Wonderfully expressed. A wonderful moment/place. Not the right company.

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    1. Oh thank you, Anthony...so much! :)

      So good to hear your blog is back on track...:))

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  16. Bom dia, venho a agradecer a sua simpática visita e comentário deixado na minha pagina.
    AG

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    1. You are more than welcome, AG.
      It is always a great pleasure to visit you!

      A Hug.:)

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  17. Evocative, heartfelt words, well done Ygraine.

    I LOVE the new look here! :-)

    Hope all is going well and your husband continues to get better.

    Hugs and take care, G

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Geraldine!

      So glad you like the new look...it wasn't by choice though...my previous background disappeared and I was unable to retrieve it!:/

      Yes, thank you, Austin is continuing to recover well. He does have the occasional blip, but all-in-all he's doing really well.

      Do hope all is well with you and yours.

      Lots of Love & Hugs xoxoxo

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  18. A charming write Ygraine, in youthful ignorance we suffer wolves :)

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    1. Don't we just?! ;)
      Thank you so much...:))

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