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The Devil is in the Detail

The Devil is in the Detail

Beyond his dark adamant desert eyes
There evolves a mysterious element, hidden from me
After first look, nothing shines simplistic anymore 
Nothing  could define his stubborn state of mind
Never again shall I embrace the challenge 
His engagement takes time, work, and effort
Truth exists in the mix,  I should know this well
But the devil is in the detail

Exploring love requires inspection, thoroughly
The unexpected comes in the unexamined
Somewhere is a catch, concealed in the abstract
Unforeseen difficulties coil up, ready to attack
For the task of discerning light is confiscated
The rationale of the heart is complicated
Conditions have to be precisely right
For the devil is in the detail

Even as I concentrate, and patiently wait
I am sure to miss the important specifics
For once, I overlooked what shook my soul
Mistakes were made, putting love on hold
What else is hidden or cruelly forbidden? 
If I look once more in his dark desert eyes
Will I be surprised to find love's wishing well?
Perhaps, but the devil is in the detail.......

And the details are what matter most

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Syd

Hi Cherie. Relationships can be hard work. My wife deserves more than a medal for putting up with me. We've been together quite some time now and I've never been happier, but it does take work.

I love the lines 

Exploring love requires inspection, thoroughly
The unexpected comes in the unexamined

Take care  - Syd xo 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Syd.  I think some people think that relationships are easy, but you have to really take time to study each other and know all the details behind how they feel and why they act the way they do, to accept them and love them.  I know that it is easy to think we have things figured out, but we sometimes miss the important details that make or break a relationship.  It takes devotion and patience, determination, and the grace of God honestly to see our role in another's life the way that makes a relationship work.  Trust is earned by surrendering and being totally honest to the person you love....knowing you will make mistakes, but should be able to be forgiven and not hold grudges....always seeking a reconciliatory heart.  I can tell by your own experience in your marriage that you appreciate the challenge that ultimately keeps it together.  I think pride gets in our way sometimes...Humility is the most loving quality we can learn to attain to know how to appreciate one another.  Thank you for your comments and support.  xo ;)

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sparrowsong

Hello Sis Cherie...

God too right?

Sometimes, we give the devil more credit than he deserves and we follow his ways when given a choice...

Great write!

Thank you for sharing...

Love n Hugs

sparrowsong

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

That's absolutely right sis Sparrowsong....God is in every detail too, and we mustn't forget that by all means!  If we see God at work, He can help heal our hearts and strengthen our relationships...Good point!  I think sometimes we can be so busy focusing on one area of our relationships that we can overlook important things that make a difference in how we handle conflicts and differences in personalities.  We should pick and choose our battles carefully...for love should overcome any obstacles if we really pay attention to its details and appreciate what we learn.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts. xo Love n Hugs

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Tony Taylor

OMG!!......This is SO friggin' GOOD!!.......I can't believe you haven't gotten more feedback or PINs here......STELLAR write......I'll write more later sweetheart.....when I'm feeling a bit better!!,......PINNED!!....STUNNINGLY good effort!!.......Love!!......T xo ❤❤❤❤❤✴🐧

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Thank you so much T!  That means so much to me....I looked up that idiom about the devil is in the detail and the idea came to me about how we can overlook details that matter in life....important ones that can make a difference in how we mend relationships.  I am so happy you liked this one so well.  I am surprised you read this with you feeling bad...I love you.  Kisses xoxx ;)

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Lol...Thank you, Lisa....I did not know what readers would think, but you are reassuring me that it was worth posting.  I think I get so sentimental and reflective sometimes, and it gets loosed in my poetry....lol  Thank you so much!  ;) xo Love n Hugs 

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Silent Dreamer

This shook me (in a great way).. you've truly nailed a truth on the head.. It's like you spoke out something that was nagging in my brain, but I couldn't express it. I digress, this is so brilliant! It carries raw truth of life, depth of emotion and thought and most of all: an honest faith in the strength love. I truly so love your writes. Pinned😊😍👏🏽

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Silent Dreamer...Thank you so much!  That means so much.  I love it when something I write resonates with someone who reads it.  I know that I have had moments in my life where I stay so focused on one aspect of my life, that I miss out on the details that are important that could make a difference.  We can mess up if we do not pay attention to the specifics that matter.  I so appreciate your kind support.  xo ;)

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Dmitri Rudder

The first time I asked Jasmine what a relationship was, she told me
 "Love is having someone who means more than yourself.",
Abby told me "Being loyal to someone no matter what."
Hailiegh said "It means showing someone you'll be there when they need you"
Daileigh said "It means that two people are never apart in spirit"
Liz says, and I quote "It's when two people do whatever and It still works out."
So maybe I'm just clueless, but all of these seem right to me. I think, yes, love is in the details, but it's starting from scratch that can be the fun part, right? Not knowing, doing whatever, seeing what life throws our way... I guess I can more fully appreciate that now. Funny how a few days can do that, isn't it...

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hey D...I had to laugh out loud at Liz's answer....and yes, I guess all of the above could be a good answer for what love and a relationship is about.  It is funny to me that you can think you finally know someone, but you are always learning new things about them, even if you have been together 50 years!  It is important to always not overlook the details that you could miss that are important to evaluate people's actions and reasons behind them.  The starting from scratch part can be fun....the learning as you go phase....I agree...lol  I hope you have fun and enjoy all you learn along the way.  xo ;)

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Leah Cabael Yodico

You think you really know someone, but then you realize you were wrong. 
Great write ; one of your masterpieces, totally different.

hugs and cheers 
Leah 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Hi Leah....You are absolutely right......We can overlook important details when we look in other areas of someone, and miss something important...I think we can never stop learning about someone.  I am honored by your comments.  Thank  you.  xo ;)

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GREG TUCKER

Extremely well executed and I could tell you paid attention to the details 😂 

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Cherie Sumner-Taylor

Lol...Thanks, Greg....Just challenging myself with something different in theme...and reflecting on how I can miss the details in life sometimes and pay for them...xo ;)

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