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Ode to Yet Another Barmaid
(09/30/05)

From the shadows created by dimmed light
And an ethereal Marlboro haze,
Your subtle Cheshire smile emerges first,
Dawning before you materialize.
As you traverse the pallid glow, I glimpse
A muse of unlived past, a raveled thread
Of déjà vu inspiration. The crease
Of your lips widens with a playful nod;
You're another woman I've always known,
Acknowledging that we're both bound by fate
To share a life of moments, stolen one
By one as chance alone will have us meet.
And then you meld again into the dark,
With renmants of a smile left in your wake.

© 2005 by J. M. Pressley


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