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Love at the Drive-In
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Gail Braune Comorat


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Ben Affleck is in love with Rebecca Hall
and you and I are sitting in our RV
which smells of smoke and hiking boots
and the kettle corn on which we’re snacking.
 
Today we ferried to a favorite monument:
Boldt Castle on Heart Island, still unfinished,
its turn of the century construction ended
with a telegram. Stop all work. Louise has died.         
 
The couple in this movie is doomed, too.
He robs banks, is hunted by the FBI. 
Another scripted fairy tale, one more dream 
propped against a flimsy sky. 
 
How often have we told the story of us: 
young widow, a blind date, a chance trip north, 
our first tour of Louise’s crumbling estate—  
is love always guided by happenstance?
 
I study your profile in the darkness. 
Twenty years, and still, we surprise ourselves. 
Tonight we’re sharing our first drive-in together
because the wind was too fierce to build a fire.
 

© by Gail Braune Comorat.
Used with the author’s permission.

 

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Gail Braune Comorat is a founding member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild and has had poems published in Adanna, Grist, Gargoyle, and numerous anthologies. She received a 2011 fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as an emerging writer in poetry, and was the winner of the 2012 Artsmith Literary Award for her poem, "Summer of Ladybugs." Gail lives in Lewes, Delaware. More information about her poetry can be found on the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild site, under "Our Writers."

 


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Donna Pflueger:
Thank you, Gail. I will look forward to buying that and I thank you for your kind words.
Posted 10/06/2013 05:08 PM
gailcomorat:
Thank you, everyone, for the lovely comments. And to Donna--there's a new poetry anthology coming out early next year called The Widow's Handbook. More than anything I read, poetry helped me most to grieve. My best to you.
Posted 10/06/2013 01:15 PM
Jo:
What a terrific poem, Gail. Such a great love poem.
Posted 10/05/2013 05:02 PM
Dorcas:
Memorable, filled with emotions rising.
Posted 10/05/2013 03:55 PM
KevinArnold:
That last line resonates.
Posted 10/05/2013 01:28 PM
peninsulapoet:
Terrific poem.
Posted 10/05/2013 01:01 PM
Donna Pflueger:
Gail, being recently widowed, your wonderful poem touched me deeply and colored my morning with memories -good memories and I thank you for this gift.
Posted 10/05/2013 10:24 AM
Charly:
A love story that brings me back to the part of the country I knew well as a kid...thanks...
Posted 10/05/2013 08:16 AM
JWalcott:
I don't know about this kind of love, but I do know that the layers in this poem, the way each stanza is a story, the deft rhyme right there in the middle stanza, and the vivid images make me love this poem. Thank you.
Posted 10/05/2013 06:48 AM
LindaCrosfield:
I love this. Love the story within a story of it. Good one.
Posted 10/05/2013 04:06 AM


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