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Harold in Love
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Ginny Lowe Connors


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Lummox in a crooked collar,
he lopes in like a moose on fire,
the red fuzz of his hair aglow
in the bar’s neon signage,
and the Necco wafers of his eyes
so round and blank he fails
to notice our stares.
Harold’s in love.
 
He gulps. He glows. An odor
of pomegranate trails behind him
as he gropes his way to the girl
in the corner, knocks over
a chair, surrenders. She could
wrap his whole life up in brown paper,
send it anywhere. He wouldn’t care.
Harold’s in love.
 
She’s pale as a candle. Her purse
embroidered with spirals and planets
is bigger than she is. But her sharp
little chin points toward him, her hair
spills over his arm. When their hands
entwine, green tendrils reach out like ivy
toward the rest us. Imagine
Sully’s Pub held fast in kudzu vines.
 
The lights are buzzing strangely.
Marty swipes at a spot on the counter
that’s already clean, polishing,
polishing. Harold and that girl
lean toward each other as the rest of us
roll our eyes, but conversations
falter. We know we’ve slept our lives away
and will you look at those two?

This poem first appeared in Touching: Poems of Love, Longing and Desire (Fearless Books, 2011).
Used here with the author’s permission.

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Ginny Lowe Connors is author of the poetry collection Barbarians in the Kitchen (Antrim House Books, 2005), and a chapbook, Under the Porch (Hill-Stead Museum, 2010), which won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. She runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books (www.graysonbooks.com), and has edited several poetry collections, including the recent Where Flowers Bloom: Poems of Elizabeth Park (Grayson Books, 2011). Among Ginny’s achievements are a Pushcart Prize nomination and the grand prize in Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Competition. An English teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut, Ginny was named “Poet of the Year” by the New England Association of Teachers of English a few years back.

 

 

 


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apersephone:
I was very entertained reading this! Wonderful.
Posted 02/11/2012 06:47 AM
Katrinka:
Terrific poem!
Posted 02/09/2012 04:24 PM
Sharon Urdahl:
Loved your creative use of imagery ..."ain't love grand"!
Posted 02/08/2012 01:40 PM
L K Thompson:
This is a great poem. Just love it! Such great images - the pub wrapped in kudzu! Pale as a candle...owww, yes.
Posted 02/08/2012 01:14 PM
Julianne Carlile:
Wrap his whole life up in brown paper! I can just see it!
Posted 02/08/2012 09:20 AM
KevinArnold:
Oh, my. Well-captured.
Posted 02/08/2012 08:27 AM
dotief@comcast.net:
Wonderful! Such imagery! I'm there, watching as well! Good poem!
Posted 02/08/2012 08:04 AM
mimi:
I LOVE this!!! A great way to start the day, with a big smile...
Posted 02/08/2012 07:41 AM


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