Monday, April 10, 2017

A Kiss Will Dismiss to Luncheon Lovers 
At one end we meet a couple dealing with an old romance 
At another end we meet the beginning of a new romance 


A Kiss Will Dismiss (Shakespearean sonnet) 

The day at hand a thread of something wrong
With song we set aside just yesterday
To play as we together make love strong
Along our path to lovers’ hideaway
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A something feels so strained amidst the sound
We found from people we might soon become
Who drum a senseless beat into the ground
Till drowned with feelings which have all gone numb
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So now we join the chorus of the noise
That toys with promises once made in vow
Somehow our dream maintains a sense of poise
In joys which lay embedded in our prow
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Remiss to say it all comes down to this
Dismiss amiss with this another kiss 


A couple deals with the challenges of an aging love in this Shakespearean sonnet. This sonnet uses another form of a rhyme within a rhyme. The second syllable of each line rhymes with the last word of the previous sentence. The second beat of each stanza (first line) rhymes with the last word of that stanza, The sonnet ends wit rhyme madness. (How fitting when a kiss is coming.) 

It is no secret that I'm a sucker for a kiss. Let's put that aside. Believe it or not, there was a time when the husband made all of the household decisions. This included where the couple will go for fun. The wife might permitted to decide how the household might be decorated. I know, because Arlene and I came from this generation. I used to take Arlene out to places that I thought she'd like. Looking back, it would have been better, or easier, just to ask her. There was something less "manly" in taking the more logical route (asking her). Arlene gave every appearance I was doing a good job. She seemed happy. She looked like she was having a good time. One night I come home from work. Arlene says to me, "We're going out Thursday." That was all. She took me to my favorite Italian restaurant where they were having a rare live performance of Italian songs. It was a great evening. When the bill came Arlene paid it saying, "How did you like that?" Followed immediately by a kiss. I got the messages. In time I asked Arlene what she wanted to do for fun.

We are interesting creatures. This is the way things are done and, right or wrong. we do it. Then things change and we slowly wake up and adjust. Let's take women and men equality, as an example. There was a time when the males of our species was better designed to protect the family. It was the female's job to find a mate who displayed the best chances for the success of the family. This was the accepted norm As we became civilized we created structure, such as governments, so we might more productively work together. Some of these governments were matriarchal (run by women). The problem was male testosterone. Eventually, all female societies were conquered. It seems feeding a family, to them. was more important than an army. With the men in charge, women became second class citizens. That was okay (not really) because that was the way it was. We accepted it. Now, in . our more modern age, we are slowly waking up. Men and women are not equal, but should be respected equally. If a person (male or female) can do a job, they should be given the chance and the pay. Anything one sex can do, should be open to everyone. Men and women are different. The future holds vast challenges. By taking advantage of the differences of women and men and  making the two work as one we can meet these challenges. Remember, we have been asleep for thousands of years.There are "this is the way things are done" we have yet to realize. We will realize them. We interesting creatures are changing. We men are slowly seeing and appreciate the power and benefit of two sexes working as one, equally. We are part of that awakening. It is happening all around us. Marvel at this long overdue magic moment and Enjoy.


Let's get back to the sonnet and that kiss: Faith Hill "This Kiss" 

So how do couples meet now-a-days 


Dating advise is a dime a dozen. For instance, SpinFold asserts when a man first approaches a woman, she will base 7% of her initial impression on what he says, 38% on his style of speaking and 55% on his appearance and body language. Then we have Studio C. They seem to think the man in this video can attract women. 
Let us just enjoy. "Luncheon Lovers" 


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30 comments:

  1. Most interesting Martin, Yes, I well remember when the husband made decisions, but mdern times show that we women do and can think for ourselves.

    Yvonne/

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    1. Thank you.
      This is truly a remarkable time we live in.

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  2. I like that song of Faith's.
    Men and women equal, true but only in some ways :)

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    1. I believe, our differences is our strength. (1+1= who knows)
      Thank you for the visit

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  3. "this is the way things are done"
    we have yet to realize. We will realize them

    Yes we will. But this element of resistance to change still persist. It is natural until they are made to realize. In the meantime it stalls good initiatives!

    Hank

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    1. Signs show that the "next generation" is much more sensitive to relations between sexes. We still have a long way to go.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. I think if both sexes can do the same job equally, they should be treated and paid equally. But we were not made to be equal. A man should be a leader but should always respect a woman. I personally would not want to be treated the same as a man.
    Lisa

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    1. Thank you for sharing the thoughts many.
      I agree except I believe leadership is not sex specific.

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  5. Yep, both are different but should be given equal opportunity indeed. So many people like to resist change though, even if they say they want it.

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    1. So well put I'm repeating it -
      "both are different but should be given equal opportunity indeed. So many people like to resist change though, even if they say they want it."
      Thank you

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  6. After reading this, I need to go back to writing sonnets. Haven't done for a long time now...

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  7. What a wonderful poem, I love how it closes with a kiss. I think the love and respect you and your love shared is wonderful. I also enjoyed your thoughts on genders.

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    1. Thank you for your warm regards.
      Happy to have brought this to you

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  8. Sometimes necessary change is slow. Very slow.
    It is coming though. I hope.

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    1. I share your vision.
      Thank you for all that you do...

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  9. Change is always a constant. In some cultures, it is the women's heritage and wealth that is passed on to the children ~ We have to look outside of our own culture to appreciate that each society has its own view of men and women.

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    1. The different cultures and another layer of complexity and benefits.
      Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  10. I kinda like the old ways but then again I would have to have a very special man. Now a days, you need use your voice or you simply don't matter. As for kissing. I don't particularly like it. Maybe I would be a better old maid.

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    1. I know what you mean. But that was one of the things Arlene was communicating. It is past time to move on.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts

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  11. Impressive post, it is very inspiring! You did a wonderful job presenting this, thanks for taking time to put this together and for sharing it. I really enjoyed reading here. NOW, to get to the crux of the matter...for me anyway.

    There's probably something wrong with me, I don't want to take a man's place in ANY circumstance. Never, not ever! I watch as my husband crawl under cars to work on them (upside down on his back). I'll gladly pass him screw drivers or wrenches. Or slosh around in a deep hole full of mud to repair a broken water line. Oh, I could go on. But, I'll stop.

    Back to the point, I enjoyed your thought provoking post.

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    1. Thank you for the high opinion and for sharing your example.
      Everything is not for everyone. I don't want to be an electrician. Everyone should be given the same chance at whatever.

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  12. I like the way you think ~ and the way you write. (way too long since I had a kiss partner, I miss it)

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    1. Thank you for your warm thoughts (may the kisses come back soon)

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  13. Enjoyed reading...the perspective ...readiness for change...wonderful poem!

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