The Tryst

His lips incurred a lovers’ debt
his heart would never pay
her eyes were so enraptured
they saw nothing but today.

The flash of  fire, the quickening,
was all they knew for sure
and at that moment it was enough;
no more could they endure

But all flames fall all fires die
and the heat too quickly fades,
beware of impassioned promises
…so seldom kept…once made.

About this poem

Tip of the hat to Meatloaf and paradise by the dashboard light

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Submitted by Snodeel on January 23, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

22 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 371
Words 74
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Discuss the poem The Tryst with the community...

  • dougb.72572
    Was all they knew for sure at that moment. Instantaneous, quick grab at the thrills only half thought through. The other thought is for early rising for work, bad breath, who pays which bill, TV dinners and where gone the thrill, Old Chum. 
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Snodeel
      That's hilarious, Dougb, and oh so true!!
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • Kaytee
    Such a powerful poem in so few words. Amazing work
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Snodeel
      Thank you Kaytee for reading and commenting! I am happy it touched you.
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • Symmetry58
    What can I say that hasn't already been said, Don? Lucky for me that sometimes a work is its own reward. This is damn good writing, Sir. And I know that because I wish I had written it. Thank you for sharing your gift. 
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Snodeel
      Those are powerful words...for which I am very grateful! I am pleased that you enjoyed The Tryst. Thank you for means a lot.
      LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Oceanloveisland
    I like how your words flow. I like reading well written works. Thank for sharing.
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Snodeel
      Thank you for reading. I'm very happy you enjoyed it. I certainly enjoyed writing this poem.
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • teril
    Well done. A universal cautionary tale. Impossible to heed!
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Snodeel
      Thank you and you're right "impossible to heed"!
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • Soulwriter
    Well written in its compact way
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • Snodeel
    Thank you for your kind words!
    Sadly the poem is often true, but Wow, what Heat, what Memories!
    LikeReply 12 years ago
  • abielias1
    you have captured the fiery flame of passion perfectly in your words
    LikeReply2 years ago
    • Snodeel
      a very belated Thank You! I vaguely remember that passion and often miss it intensely, but it is no substitute for lasting love and respect! Thank you again.
      LikeReply1 year ago


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