#Shape Poem – My First Love

“Love is like the wind. You can’t see it, but you can feel it.”
– Nicolas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

Melanie Franz
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It was a chance meeting.
I was going to be thrown into a lottery system.
There was a 50/50 chance that you would have said yes.
The name of your hometown enticed me: Advanced Technology.
The allure of having something advanced seemed forbidden and unreachable.
I was infatuated with something that seemed unattainable.
You kept me up at night and on my toes.
Then you accepted me.
I was excited!

I did somersaults in the air
Riding on a cloud of euphoria.
I didn’t know what I was getting into
when I first began working with you.
You were a great mystery that needed to be solved.
Tangled in the various pieces that make you who you are.
Each of them had their own distinct personality.
Your schematics gave me a map to build you.
Deciphering you became an adventure!

All of the sudden,
I felt like Pygmalion.
I honed in my concentration.
It was a steamy encounter when
Soldering the pieces to your circuitry.
I remember you gave me an electric shock.
You flirt, you enjoyed toying with me
I delighted in this dalliance
I was devoted to you.
It was intense.

Love came a few years later when
I knew you and your history inside and out
I became familiar with what made you ticked.
I could recite your pet peeves from the back of my mind.
I became your doctor with my multi-meter as a stethoscope.
I could listen to your pulse and troubleshoot your problems
I could diagnose a solution and that brought me great joy.
I thought I was going to be with you forever.
Through some unexpected cruel twist of fate
We had to part ways and bid each other adieu.
I began to see you through new eyes
Tormented by the agony.
I didn’t marry you
but I’ll never
forget you.
❀

  • In response to OctPoWriMo2018: Day 9, 10, 11, 12 combined
  • Note: The poem is in the shape of a wave frequency that I could see on an oscillator, a device that generates electric currents and voltages. It’s also a poetic summary of my experiences of getting accepted in the Advanced Technology program and building the electric circuitry of an AM/FM radio for the first time.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    You almost made me believe that it’s a love story! Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      lol, thank you! The idea came to me when I was picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy. I furiously wrote it down in a notebook before I forgot it!

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  2. I love the duality of the relationship as a loving relationship, almost a flirtatious courtship with the love of working through and learning this new technology.

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks! I was thinking about other things I was passionate about as I jotted some ideas down in a journal. It made me laugh, but everything about it felt true.

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      1. You’re welcome!😊 It really turned out beautifully!βœ¨πŸ’–βœ¨

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  3. Lwbut says:

    I prefer happy endings!

    Who broke you two up?? πŸ™‚

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      lol, short story is…:) I applied for a variety of electronics engineering programs around my state, but didn’t get accepted. It’s a competitive program! My electronics teacher died after I graduated from lung poisoning from radioactive materials that the company didn’t inform him about. I was feeling really conflicted then. One day, a major university said they’ll give me a scholarship to study in the liberal arts department which changed the course of my life….Who knows we might be reunited in the future? πŸ™‚

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      1. Lwbut says:

        WOW! So sorry to hear of your teacher. 😦

        I’m certain you will make a success of whichever path of study/career (do people still aspire to a career anymore??) you select. πŸ˜‰

        You ony ever get one First Love though πŸ˜‰

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        1. theresaly520 says:

          Thank you for your kindness. He was a great teacher that made you want to learn things for its own sake rather than just for a grade. πŸ™‚

          Yes! I have plenty of aspirations, but sometimes I think life gives you opportunities you never saw coming.

          It was an epic first love for me. πŸ˜‰ One that really captured my fullest attention at the time. I remember it like it was yesterday. *sigh*

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          1. Lwbut says:

            πŸ˜€
            You are quite right about life – it has a ‘Tangential’ quality – when we think we should be moving along the arc of a circle life tends to centripetally spin you off at a right angle to the force pulling you along the course you set. πŸ˜‰

            *sigh* πŸ™‚

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  4. Kiwi Katastrophes says:

    Loved reading this! Great poem!

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    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! ❀ πŸ™‚

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  5. iScriblr says:

    Wonderfully written! Loved the shape of it too!❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Richa! I stretched the rules a bit… Elaborated where the frequencies came from πŸ˜€ ❀

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