“it only takes a moment” by Vicki Batkin

there he was,
in my rear mirror
took my breath away.

he didn’t notice me,
he was following her.

weaving in and out of cars,
like a handsome braid
graceful, yet manly.
his glistening black hair
matching his Harley

sitting tall and statuesque-like,
he turned.
i could see my reflection
in his glasses,
where did i go?

he caught up.

he nodded.
she smiled.
i shrunk.

they can’t see
what lies ahead.
the lust,
the love,
the comfort,
the happiness,
the blows
and
blunders.
the disappointment…

it was there,
in that moment
i saw it all,
i lived it all,
i had it all.

and now,
i’m invisible.

how could a lifetime
end up in a moment?

Vicki Batkin

L. K. Thayer’s Foto Fetish

© 2010

14 comments

  1. lkthayer · September 7, 2010

    “weaving in and out of cars,
    like a handsome braid” love this Vicki!
    Excellent!! Pleasure to squeeze you
    my dear! – Lisa 🙂

  2. Candice Rosales · September 7, 2010

    beautiful work, Vicki…I love this one.

  3. Angela Cohan · September 7, 2010

    I love it–great work Vicki–simply breathtaking

  4. freedom · September 7, 2010

    I, too, liked “weaving in and out of cars,
    like a handsome braid”. Visionary. Great poem. Peace.

  5. Roz Levine · September 7, 2010

    Hey, Viicki, I’ve missed your great voice. Powerful piece. One mometn, that’s all it takes to change a life forever.
    xoxo
    Roz

  6. matthew · September 7, 2010

    Vicki,
    So lovely, heartbreaking and full of life.
    Can’t wait to see you in class.
    Love,
    Matthew

  7. Alexis Rhone Fancher · September 7, 2010

    And yes, it does all come down to that one definitive moment; so carpe diem, and hang on tight! Terrific to see you at the Juice Bar.

  8. Julie · September 7, 2010

    ‘How could a lifetime end up in a moment?’ Love this, Vic! Now get yer ass back to class! 🙂

    xoxoxox

  9. jackie herzig · September 7, 2010

    What a moving piece and what a great line. How could a lifetime end up in a moment. I loved this piece.

    Miss you hope to see you in October

    jackie

  10. adeshkaur · September 7, 2010

    wow, vicki, just wow.

  11. Karen Ross · September 8, 2010

    I COULD FEEL MYSELF RIGHT IN THERE WITH YOUR POEM. YOU CAPTURED A WHOLE LIFETIME IN YOUR FEW WORDS.

    MISS YOU ALL,
    KAREN

  12. Nicki Fitz-Gerald · September 8, 2010

    Lovely poem, and seems to get better as it goes along. Very clever, and I really like the way the whole affair is imagined and dies in her head.

  13. Jingle · September 8, 2010

    sharp observations….
    well done!

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