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Author Name: Freebarbinar 9 Comments
Date Added: October 20, 2010 16:10:42 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The Line in the Sand
He dared me to be a lady;
challenged me to a duel of minds,
and charmed me with his laughter,
then in the sand he drew a line.
He said, 'Do not cross over here
until you find my heart.'
So I pondered how to win him,
with no clue where to start.
I dared not attempt to woo him
with vain flirtatious charms;
he cared not for the shallow love
found in a wanton's arms. 
I could not buy his love,
for he disdained the lure of money;
choosing instead a life in nature,
sweetened with milk and honey.
I had no power or place to offer
in the world of noted names,
and so could not call him to me
with promise of renown or fame.
So with great trepidation of spirit
I offered to set him free.
He said, 'That's all I require.',
 then wrapped his life around me.

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Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on May 6, 2013 01:00:48 PM Report

 This is incrediable to read... WE have to draw lines in the sand sometimes to set up barriers ....

 we all have been hurt and do not want it to be repeated!!

 YOu were clever here and it worked!!

 Always ~ She Whispers

Comment By: PremiumDan J. Mazurek on June 17, 2011 10:45:48 AM Report

Its your birthday!!

Sending my wishes and blessings to you today

Lovely poem done your unique wonderful way!!

Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on December 5, 2010 05:39:38 PM Report
Beautiful thought.If you release something and it comes back to you, then you know it's yours...len
Comment By: FreeDamon D. Brewer on October 25, 2010 08:24:56 PM Report
An excellent write Dear Lady.  I love this piece and believe that I understand what you mean by it as well.  At any rate whether I am smart enough to understand it or not, I am smart enough to know that it is excellently written My Friend.



Comment By: Freee. Gene Myers on October 21, 2010 08:04:01 AM Report
Just because when two people fall in love and marry they become "one," it does not mean they lose themselves.  Turning me lose was all it took for my wife to catch me.  Boundries never bothered me, but not being allowed to be me ... did.  By setting him free, she wasn't letting him "go,"  she was allowing him to be himself and to still love her in his own way.  My wife has always treated me as a free soul even though we were married.
Brilliant poem.
Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on October 20, 2010 08:35:09 PM Report
Barbara~  I find that you did indeed set him free when you found that the way to his heart was not through money or the fast life but a subdued, soft, loving life and then he smoothed over the line in the sand....Great read....thanks for sharing...

Margaret...the Baglady

Comment By: FreeTanya Harrison on October 20, 2010 08:16:20 PM Report
Oh, I loved the ending.  Perfection!
Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on October 20, 2010 07:47:24 PM Report
to "set him free" is the key...I imagine the freedom you offered was being free from worries, inhibitions, regrets, barriers, accusations, grudges, or any other bad vibes that stifle a relationship.  you held within your hand the magic of discovery...knowing what made him tick and appreciating those valuable qualities.

all he wanted was the freedom to be himself...this is a very wise poem...and gave me a big lump in my throat when I read it.♥

Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on October 20, 2010 07:17:28 PM Report
I understand this to mean that you let him know you would leave him because you knew of no way to get into his heart and in the end that disclosure would be what would bring him to you. I'm not sure why this worked. Am I missing something?

~Barbara D.~


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