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Wrestling with Speculation

A Victorian woman's letter to a potential suitor...

Wrestling with Speculation

Dear Gentle Man,

I have been in deepest contemplation
Over your skewed courting expectations.
What are your intentions with me about?
You were rather vague, without a doubt.

Why did you mention to soften my lips?
As if a kiss were implied as premise!
When you passed last night, with tip of your hat
Your eyes untied my corset. I noticed that!

There flares a wild at heart nature in your stare
As if passions are waiting to strip me bare.
Then, you placed your coat across the wet street 
To prevent mud splashing upon my feet.

You seem to be part fox and part rabbit. 
Are you refined or feral? Which is your habit?
I might find delight in your mystery,
But to figure me out is your victory.

Who should I believe lives behind that smile?
Perhaps we can meet for tea for awhile.  
I'm wrestling with speculation, dear gentle man
Will you win my heart? Woo me if you can.

Sincerely, with waiting affection,
Victoria

 

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A Lonely Journey

Hi Cheerie, 
Oh my gosh are you versatile! 
I loved that! 
(And, I laughed out loud at my desk!). 
You're amazing. You not only create wonderful, innocent(I love that), romance, but your sense of humor and playfulness(I love that, too) shines through on this one. 
Here are the lines I laughed aloud at when I first read it(and also the second time I read it): 
'Why did you mention to soften my lips?
As if a kiss were implied as premise!
When you passed last night, with tip of your hat
Your eyes untied my corset. I noticed that!' 
(Beautifully funny!). 

My favorite line is: 
'But to figure me out is your victory.' (because, as I've told you, you are just an amazing person, and wonderful soul, and I could take forever to learn you). 

And, I love how you signed off at the end. Beautiful touch, wonderful writing, amazing girl. 
Love always, 

Matthew. 

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Jill Tait

Where has my comment went to lol well ok I’ll say it again absolute sheer romanticism brilliance as always my beautiful Cherie and awesome poetess & pinned coz I had to :) ❤️❤️❤️

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Cherie Leigh

Yay!  Thank you, Jill. I wanted to try my attempt at an epistolary poem....written like a letter. I am honored for the pin. I love the Victorian days and I think there was a lot of flirtation disguised as innocence but an underlining very sensual cat and mouse flirtation between the men and women of the day.  This was fun to write and imagine the character's personalities and possibilities in their courtship...lol  I appreciate your support. Love n Hugs 

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Cherie Leigh

Hello Matthew! Lol..Oh good!  I am so glad you caught me trying to be humorous and you got it. It was hard for me to get across what I was thinking in my head for this Victorian woman. She obviously has very keen interest in this gentleman, but he shows very amorous and slightly naughty intentions that she is trying to figure out. She is intrigued about his nature to make her feel like he is undressing her with his eyes, and yet he is old-fashioned enough to put his coat over a rain puddle to be sure she does not get splashed walking across water in the street. I think her letter is to let him know that she is intrigued by his personality and not knowing fully what is on his mind, but also being playful to let him know that she too can be a mystery to figure out and he will have to work at gaining her approval to court her. I can imagine them having tea together, and him trying to play footsie with her under the table, and she will "act" coy and ladylike by moving her foot and giving him a look. But then, perhaps when she serves him his second cup of tea, she may be sure her corset strings are a bit loose so her bosom shows a bit as she leans down to pour his tea....lol...something of that effect. i am sure if they ended up marrying someday, it would give them something to talk about of their beginnings of courting and the flirty cat and mouse game they played.

I appreciate that you saw the humor and that this was just an experiment for me to try something new in writing....more of a letter form poem called an epistolary....or epistle poem.  It was fun. Thank you for your kind words of support. Love n Hugs, Cherie ;)  

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A Lonely Journey

Cheerie, 
What a beautiful mind you have! I love it! 
You know, you should write television shows! Enough of all this murder, and killing, and ugliness, TCN(The Cheerie Network) will be this wonderful, loving, gorgeous, station, with all of your beautiful writing put to shows! Deal? If you want, I will star in one of the movies(as long as you're my co-star), in a marvelous romantic comedy! (although, you'll have to write the jokes because no one gets mine! LOL). Anyway, I've talked to Norman Lear(by seance, because I think he's deceased), and he agreed to finance it. So, get writing some more beautiful things, and we'll make this world a much more wonderful place(as you already do). 
Love, 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Leigh

Lol...The Cheerie network?  They already have the Hallmark channel for romance, but I get what you are saying about a channel that is a romantic comedy one...I usually get your jokes....lol...If you have the financing in place, I'm in..lol xo :)  

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A Lonely Journey

I do. I have $11.13 from various sources, and an IOU for 38 cents from the now defunct Ima Sakapupu(she had to pay me a little back from what I pay her for commenting on my poems because she maligned me, but she said she couldn't help it, I'm just too malignable...I guess that's good). 
Anyway, Clint Eastwood is on board, and will be directing our first movie. I told him I have money, and we settled on 11 million, so we're just a little short, but maybe I can shake Ima down for a little more. 
The movie is called Beauty and the Dork, and it's about this wonderful, gorgeous, incredible woman(you), who gets held captive by this...dork, I guess(me), and eventually, inexplicably, she falls for him, and by some incredible magic he becomes suave and debonair...or he uses Suave in his hair...one of the two. Anyway, can I have your autograph? Thank you. 
Love, 
Matthew. 

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Cherie Leigh

Ummm...The financing does not seem  hopeful but I love Clint Eastwood's directing. I love his westerns and his role in "The Bridges of Madison County."  I use Suave sometimes in my hair....lol. You don't need my autograph, as I write very sloppy and it is not worth much. xo ;)    

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Icarus Flocke

I must say that I whole-heartedly
agree with Lonely Journeys' critique
on this work My Friend.

Your Innocent Sensuality is
A breath of fresh air when compared
to the usual , more garden variety
Romantic Verses that so many others write. (and with this work you
have planted a unique garden which
stands beautifully alone against
the rest.)

I admire how you wrote in a voice
that echoes (very well) those surface sentiments of The Victorian Age.

(I think you would love many of 
Oscar Wilde's plays. Such as Lady Windermeres Fan. Wilde had an
interesting tendency to satirically
address the supposed customs of
His Age, while pointing out the ironies, and hypocrisy of the upper class.)

The way THIS is written however,
is almost as if from the perspective of a Genuine Believer in such desireable world-views.

Your goodness shines through in all of your work.

Great Job hon.
​​​​​​J.

 

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Marion Price

Aw Cherie, another fab write! I think so much can be said in letters, it's such a shame they don't exist anymore!! A lot of the books I read are narrated in letter form and they make for amazing reading. A lovely read...hugs 💕

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Cherie Leigh

Hey Marion. Thank you so much. The handwriting used to be so gorgeous back then too!  I love how they wrote so beautifully. I think to find old letters is such a gift...they capture the mentality and heart of the time. xo ;) ((((hugs))))

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Cherie Leigh

Thank you so much, J. You know, when I wrote this last night, I heard this kind of prim and proper voice of a Victorian woman in my head, and I imagined the scenes in my head of how she would feel and conduct herself towards a man of interest in a subtle playful manner, as to keep his interest. And this letter could be heard in my head with with her prudish kind of voice...lol.

It was kind of fun! I like that you sensed this as having innocent sensuality...I wanted that feel very much and I am glad it came through. I needed  to challenge myself and do something different. This gave me a change. 

Thank you for your kind words. I really need to look into Oscar Wilde's plays. It does sound like something that I would like and relate to. 

Bless you. xo ;)     

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Being Me

Hahaha... So very Victorian!  The rhyming couplet suited this "letter" well. Love this, Cherie 👏👏👏 x

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Tina!  Thank you. I am glad you could feel it...I love the Victorian age and had to try something different.  It was interesting to do a poem in the form of a letter and try to get the thoughts conveyed. I am glad you liked it. xo Love n Hugs

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Noreen Nonhlanh...

Reading this made me want to find new love 😍..... I love the tease in this poetry and more. Felt like I was watching her contemplate and construct all the sentences, stuck in between delight and confusion. All stars✨..... Great read🌸

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Cherie Leigh

Hi Noreen, Thank you so much!  You really got the heart of my intent for this. I am so happy that you felt this Victorian woman's contemplation over an intriguing possible suitor that she can't quite figure out if he is naughty or nice....but she kind of likes both aspects she sees but would never admit it to him...lol  I appreciate you reading and commenting. xo ;)

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Cherie Leigh

HI John. Oh, thank you so much. This was a challenge for me, but I enjoyed feeling like a Victorian age woman writing her suitor a letter....lol.xo

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Flower Girl

Hey Cherie.......brilliantly done.......I’m so impressed as always.......it’s like you transformed yourself into her......I know this gentle man exist in your life.......this is so beautiful I’m lost for words.......outstanding ink of luv......purple luv & hugs xo :)

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Cherie Leigh

Hi purple passionate friend. Thank ypu. This was my attempt at using humor to write a Victorian epistle. It's a totally fictional depiction of a playful couple about to date and the thoughts she is sorting to figure out his intentions. Thank yo for your support. XO Love n Hugs 

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Richard Waters

" ......writhing with " THE WRESTLER," reeling, wrestles righting reads from writings of wrongful, wrenched from raw reality !!! "  :) :) X

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Cherie Leigh

Lol... now that is a tongue twister Richard! You are funny. Thank you XOXO

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