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What I Like Most About You
James Rogerson

(Valentine For My Wife, Lynne.)
What I like most about you…
Well, “curves” are definitely in there…
The ones of your body leaning toward me,
The others of your lips pressed to mine,
The best of your smile when we meet,
The shadows of your knitted brow showing you care.
I believe my favorite “curves”are
Those that always bring you back to me.
What I like most about you…
The “angles” definitely appeal to me…
Those you play (without my suspecting)
To make me do the right thing for me,
To let you do what you need to do,
To make me want it. too.
“Angles” are not as soft as “curves.”
They provide the lasting base.
What I like most about you…
The “lines”, yes, the “lines” should be included…
The ones we have used with each other,
The others of a graceful elegant pedigree,
Those of the beautiful, sensuous woman
 Who shares my life.
The gentle ones that bind us through all,
And the ones that we constantly test and find secure.
No! What I like most about you is your Lynne-liness:
All women in one unique woman,
The one who loves me, the one I love.
© by James Rogerson.
Used with the author’s permission.

Jim Rogerson calls himself a "proud liberal redneck," a title earned from an upbringing in a small North Carolina town followed by an education at the University of Chicago. After a career as an archivist and records manager for the University of North Carolina, Jim is now retired and living in Charlotte, where he enjoys writing historical works, creative non-fiction, study guides, manuals for archives and records management, and poetry--the topics of which know no bounds.


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Donna Pflueger:
Jim, what a wonderful poem! So cleverly written and so full of love and understanding - so very real. A sigh and a thanks to you.
Posted 02/04/2013 02:02 PM
A nice play on the original, and I can feel the love joining the two people in the poem together. Well done!
Posted 02/04/2013 01:00 PM
Great poem, Jim! I've heard you read this at Jackson's Java but it is good to see it on the page where we can see the "geometry" of it.
Posted 02/04/2013 09:03 AM

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