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The Face of a Woman: A Poem

Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.

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The Face of a Woman

The face of a woman is where emotions stream live

Revealing the beauty that within her resides.

She rises to a challenge to make life better for just one

And works ceaselessly until the deed is done.

Her expression, as she sees the fruit of her labor,

Is a tear and a smile which aggrandize together.


But the countenance of an angel glows less brightly

Than the face of the fairest wooed uprightly.


She loves from her heart where she knows and feels.

If her lover is in tune and presents his appeal

As one who has risen above prurient ways

And cherishes her heart, her emotional forays

Which splash color across the noir screen of life

And a sparkle in place of darkened eyes—


Then she will give her frame to the one she trusts.

In response to his bravura to win her, she must

Expose her innermost and allow this one’s gaze

To alight upon her magnificent face

At the moment of release when emotions are spun

Into a binding of souls and never undone.


He bows to his queen, as he realizes the truth

That she conquered the fortress he defended from youth.

Her unveiled face is the dagger which pierces his heart

And he falls bleeding at her feet considering his part

In an amorous conflict of souls, minds, and lives

Through which only the slain have a chance to survive.

Comments

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 20, 2019:

How many times have I pinched you? Oh, maybe that was in my dreams. But at least I meant well doing it. I'm glad you liked the poem. I do enjoy the flow. It seems to pick up speed and relevance toward the end.

Suzie from Carson City on June 18, 2019:

Chris...........so deep & touching, I love this poem.....You romantic devil, you..........Hmmmm, handsome, talent AND romantic?? Pinch me, I'm dreaming...............Paula

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 18, 2019:

Thank you, Peter.

Peter Simonsen from Denmark on June 18, 2019:

This is really nicely written. I realy like the rhythm you use here. Very powerful

Sanaa Najim from Morocco on July 07, 2018:

WOOOOW !!! I like a lot your lovely poetry . it's a very nice poem which describes woman very well . I really enjoyed this.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 19, 2018:

Larry, We are helpless fools when women let their inner self shine. Thanks for visiting.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 19, 2018:

Dora, that inner beauty shines out of every woman's face, and it goes to the heart of the men in their lives. Thank you for sharing you thoughts here.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on March 19, 2018:

Women take our hearts to do with as they please.

Very thoughtful poem.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 19, 2018:

Beautiful tribute to the emotional appeal of a woman. Her lover's response is due to her ability to have him share her heart. "Her emotional forays . . . splash color . . . and a sparkle." Well done!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2018:

Yves, thank you for stopping for a moment to read my poem. I am pleased that you enjoyed it.

Yves on March 18, 2018:

"And he falls bleeding at her feet..." (Sigh) If that isn't a romantic verse, then nothing is.

Your prose is a most lovely compliment to all women who love well. Thank you, Chris.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2018:

Thank you, Rasma. I'm glad you liked the last verse. That is something we men have to admit.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on March 18, 2018:

Beautiful and love that last verse.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 18, 2018:

Harish, I am glad you enjoyed my poem and that you took time to read for understanding. I don't write poetry often. It is a lot of work.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on March 18, 2018:

Chris, this is a beautiful poem. I think the concluding two lines sum up the intention of the poem. What ultimately a woman or a man needs : mutual love and respect. Loved and enjoyed going through this poem.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 17, 2018:

Suhail Zubaid, I appreciate the visit and comment.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on March 17, 2018:

Beautiful poem!

Regards,

Suhail

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 17, 2018:

Thank you John. Your comment means a lot. You may not realize how intimidated we non-poets feel in presence of you and a few others on the site. You are always supportive, but to post a poem is a monumental decision for me. Thank you for the kind words.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 17, 2018:

What a wonderful poem, Chris. I am so glad to see you exploring this side of your writing more. I enjoyed this immensely.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 17, 2018:

Ann, Thank you. It feels good when other poets enjoy one of my rare attempts at poetry. I always wanted to use the word, noir. I finally had the opportunity.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 17, 2018:

Lovely poetry, Chris. You are a man of many talents. I particular like 'splash color across the noir screen of life'.

Ann

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 17, 2018:

Nikki, Thank you. This is really for every woman and all the women I have known. Their hearts of gold shine through so vividly, I wanted to express it.

Nikki Khan from London on March 17, 2018:

A wonderful tribute to a beloved wife Chris!

Brilliant work, you have described a face and duties of wife very beautifully.

Many Blessings!

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 16, 2018:

Thank you for those thoughts. Jesus had some wise words about family which is helpful especially to those who find themselves short on family, for a variety of reasons. There is always a mother, father sister or brother figure nearby.

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2018:

Chuckle. When it comes to family, the spiritual life is very paradoxical. As indeed it is with so many things! It tells us quite clearly that a family can travel together and yet it also tells us that we can make faster progress without distractions.

There is no hard and fast rule and you seem to be doing fine. But it is true that I could not have gone to 44 countries and travelled 300 times, if I had a family with me. So being alone can indeed be an advantage.

I won't agree with your analysis of your self though. To appreciate my work requires some degree of spirituality and again you show humility when I deviate from saying the nice things. Lol. Still, this is a most beautiful poem! Much Love Chris.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 16, 2018:

Banish the thought. Keep an eye on the rearview mirror. I am the speck on the distant horizon that ceaselessly bounces up and down, wasting time and energy on the many distractions of life. Thanks for your patience. I'll be along eventually.

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2018:

I'll have to keep looking over my shoulder or perhaps you are already ahead. Ha ha.God continue to bless your noble Heart; God bless your family.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 16, 2018:

manatita, the memory of my Sandy's lovely face was in my mind as I wrote. But this is for every person who admires the face of a woman. Thank you for your encouraging words.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on March 16, 2018:

Eric, I'm glad you liked this enough to share it. Blessings on you and your dear wife.

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2018:

What a most beautiful poem! Feels like you wrote this one for the wife. A fortunate man and an elegant woman. Two very virteous souls. God bless you bro. A great piece of poetry!

manatita44 from london on March 16, 2018:

What a most beautiful poem! Feels like you wrote this one for the wife. A fortunate man and an elegant woman. Two very virteous souls. God bless you bro. A great piece of poetry!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 16, 2018:

Wow. This is great. I am going to go call my wife now.