Friday, November 8, 2019

sadly it had happened again

                                                                                       Author: Catherine Lewis 1976
Image: A Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring (here)
(handcrafted circa 1920)

burnish - to enhance or improve.

what was the drift?
his mind declined to answer
sadly it had happened again

he let slip the chance
a sure sign it did melt away
he tried to keep his chin up
in vain efforts of maintaining
some form of authority

had he gone bananas?
when the option showed up beaming
he could not even wrap it up

he towered over the rest
when at his best
but he burned the goodness
again this time around
he could only manage to
breathe some light greetings
before he began to stammer

he looked into the distance
the reality seemed apparent
the regular stance called for a review
first off to burnish his image
to stoke his confidence a few notches up

the ring was safely in his grips
but still in his pocket!
to think this was the second attempt

why was it so difficult to pop
the six-million dollar question
and slip it on?

Marian's at Real Toad's  -  burnish


  1. A great write Hank, I think I know that feeling.
    Enjoy your weekend.


  2. Muster up the courage and do it, man!

  3. They say the third time works like a charm :)

  4. Can't let it stay in his pocket forever.

  5. He must be enjoying his freedom so much or is thinking there are so many girls how do I choose the right one? If it is the right one will she be boss or me? Meanwhile the girl is thinking "Ill give him another couple of weeks and then I'm off!"

  6. A little self-reflection, he burned the goodness, maybe now is left questioning his self-worth though he so much wants to do it. I hope he finds it in himself.

  7. I hope there will be another chance for him

  8. The $64,000 question .... many answers I suspect. Lots of introspection necessary.

  9. What a difficult situation - i hope it went smoothly after all

  10. Poor guy. Hopefully the third time will be the charm.

  11. It takes courage indeed, the amount depending upon the depth of the relationship already begun. We bought the ring and ate supper in a café afterwards during which I kneeled and popped the question. Hank, have you had this experience?