Czech Love #poem #poetry #poetry collection

we ate Czech goulash and dumplings
drank Pilsner and smoked cigarettes
in a garden by St. Nicholas Church
I dragged you with me on a bench
your skin and your kisses were fresh
contouring each other: bark and heartwood
awe-struck we stood and bowed when love came
I saw what one sees in the light
you felt what one feels in the dark
it smelled linden trees and drizzled confetti
we tied our wrists with ropes made of blood
buried our hearts in mountains and rivers
made love on the soul of the seventeen bridges
bathed in the river Bohemia coughed
died the next morning in front of the Castle
and in the City of the Thousand Spires
not even the pigeons noticed a thing

My poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings is available on Amazon here .
Passions featured in San Francisco Book Review
Passions featured in Manhattan Book Review.

@short-prose-fiction (Gabriela Marie Milton)

107 thoughts on “Czech Love #poem #poetry #poetry collection

    1. My Dearest Ely, thank you so much for your sweet words and for your continuous support.
      Sending you hugs, love, and flowers.
      Have a beautiful weekend.
      xoxoxo…

  1. Beautiful !❀️ β€œ I saw what one sees in the light , you felt what one feels in the dark” ….and not even the pigeons noticed ..❀️❀️❀️

    1. Thank you so much Andrada. I am glad you enjoyed it. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

      1. I love yours too Andrada ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️

  2. Beautiful, evocative poem! I love the lines:
    I saw what one sees in the light
you felt what one feels in the dark
    And placing β€˜coughed’ and β€˜died’ side by side makes it particularly resonant in the current time πŸ™

    1. Hello Ingrid.
      Thank you so much for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed those lines. You also point out to something that I did not think about when I wrote the poem. Thank you again and have a beautiful weekend 🌹

  3. Not even the pigeons noticed a thing. Wow. You really are amazing at taking readers places. I love how one line slides onto the other. The rhythm too is that of fast varied words. And that works so well at creating that sense of exhilaration and excitement.
    Really passionate and bold and as beautiful as Prague can be.

    1. Hello, my dearest Shanyu. I missed you my friend. I had a brutal week but I am here now and I’ll catch up with everything.
      Thank you so much for your beautiful words. You are so kind. I’m cooking goulash tonight. I’ll send you some. I hope you like it πŸ™‚
      xoxoxo…

      1. Hola Gabriela.
        Sorry for the late reply.
        Oh I so missed you too. I’m so sorry to hear. I hope you’re doing better now. I do not want to bother you by asking what has happened, because I know it might be hard to share.
        However, please know I’ll be here.
        Ooh. Goulash is lovely. Which meat do you prefer?
        Sending all the silver I could manage to collect from the linings of clouds. Remember, there’s always hope and friends there for you.
        Yours,
        Shanyu.

      2. Hey, my dearest friend, I am so happy you are here. Nothing bad happened. Just work. It’s a busy and confusing period. Thank you for caring.
        Goulash should be done with beef (we want to respect the rule of the defunct Austro-Hungarian empire πŸ™‚ ) so I do it like that from time to time πŸ™‚ I prefer pork tenderloin. What meat to you prefer? What’s your fav food?

      3. Hallo fruende.
        That’s such a relief. It’s pretty busy here too. I had seen your comment the other day but today seems better.
        It’s great actually. Honouring the authentic really works well for dishes. I’m afraid I can’t speak about my meat of preference as however appetising it looks, I haven’t done a Goulash yet.
        As for my fav food, god you put me in a tricky state. See, I cannot decide. I’m still on this journey of determining my love for different cuisines so it keeps changing. At this point of hour, I believe I’m somewhere between banana bread and pumpkin agnolotti since that’s what I had recently.
        What about you? I bet you have an interesting taste in food yourself.

      4. If you did not have goulash yet you definitely have to come to visit. “banana bread and pumpkin agnolotti ” It sounds divine.
        “I cannot decide.” Are you a Libra ? πŸ™‚ Joking.
        “I’m still on this journey of determining my love for different cuisines so it keeps changing” Being on that journey is magnificent.
        My first preference is Italian, then Spanish, and then I like Central European food too: goulash and schnitzel πŸ™‚
        Stay in the journey. That is what is makes life full of flavors.
        Sending love!

      5. I’m already on my way. I’ll have to figure out where to land, but I guess I’ll find you where the sky meets the sea on a perfect, golden sunrise.
        Haha. I sometimes actually feel that myself. Ooh yes.
        Italian is beautiful. The silk of homemade pasta and the bang of marinara. I actually have started exploring Italian too, let’s see where I land.
        Schnitzel, yum. I was reading about the German tree cake the other day. One beautiful thing they have given us is cuisine. I really like German food.
        Thank you for the heads up. Life’s actually such a wonderful journey and I plan on taking it one step at a time and indeed one cuisine at a time.
        Miles to go before I sleep….

    1. Timothy, thank you so much. Your words mean a lot to me. I don’t know where the comment about Labor Day is. I can’t find it. But, your weekend sounds fantastic! I hope the fun is rolling in. I still think I am going to have to labor on Labor Day, but I will get some rest too. Maya sends love to everyone. So do I. πŸ™‚

      1. Hanging out getting things done I didn’t do while there was a lot of smoke from the fires.

      2. Timothy, I am trying to catch up with the world today. What fires? The only fires I know of were (are?) the ones in California.

  4. You have a gift for wrapping a moment in every sight, sound, scent, and sensation of a particular geography. You helps us to travel the world and behold the beauty throughout. Another exceptional composition, G! xoxoxo

    1. Good morning my dearest Brad. Thank you for each and every words. You brighten my days with your comments. I am so glad you liked the piece.
      Have a fabulous weekend, my friend. May love, beauty, and inspiration be with you.
      xoxoxo…

    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. It made my day. Have a gorgeous weekend.
      Gabriela

  5. Hello dearest Button. Your have done it again. Taken us along with you on your glorious travels to smell, see and hear what you do. The passion is beautiful in this love poem and each line is beautifully crafted. Very hard to pick a favorite line but this is mine.

    “It smelled linden trees and drizzled confetti
    we tied our wrists with ropes made of blood”

    The ending is so lovely also Button. I always look forward to reading your new work. I imagine you are swamped right now, hope all is well. Love to you, honeybun

    1. Good morning my dearest honeybun. Thank you so much for your gorgeous comment. It brings so much joy in my life. It makes this Sunday morning glorious.
      All is well, thank you for asking. I hope you are still by the lake and the entire family is having a great time.
      Love
      G (Button)

      1. Good morning beautiful Button. Your poem was truly delicious. I loved the journey we were able to experience through your work.

        We had a wonderful time at the lake. It was such a blessing for us. We had our own complete suite upstairs. The grandchildren spent their time in the water and I spent mine enjoying my daughter and the kids. Thank you for asking, I appreciate that my dear friend. I bet your world is buzzing with non-stop activity. Hope there is some time for fun as well.
        Love to you from (J) honeybun

      2. I am glad you had such a wonderful time honeybun. Children, grandchildren: a time of joy and blessings. I am so happy for you. May the memory of being together with everyone be a blessing.
        Love
        G (button)

  6. Absolutely beautiful poem, G….how do you do this every single time….the imagery is crazy magnificent….”I saw what one sees in the light
    you felt what one feels in the dark
    it smelled linden trees and drizzled confetti
    we tied our wrists with ropes made of blood”….I’m blown away….again….every single line is woven amazingly….I’m entrapped (/love) in your beautiful poetry ❀️✨

    1. Oh, my, you made me blush. Thank you for your magnificent words Navin. I am thrilled you like the poem. I wanted you to like it πŸ™‚
      Sending you love and plenty of flowers. I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.
      xoxo

      1. You’re very welcome, dearest Gabriela 🌹…..you’re certainly gifted…..such things can’t be learned…..I did enjoy your magnificent poem…sending lige, hugs & chocolates for the Sunday evening ✨❀️

      2. Navin, thank you again for your beautiful words, the love, and the chocolate. You are a darling. Did I say that before?
        Stay inspired and passionate. Be love.
        xoxoxo…
        Gabriela

    1. What a beautiful comment! Thank you so much for your words. I am thrilled you think I can make the vibes of the city come to life. Really, your words humble me.
      May you have a wonderful rest of the weekend
      Love
      G.

  7. Ah!!! Gabriela!!! This swept me so far up and then gently placed me back down laughing. I LOVE this poem!!! Thank You! Sending huge hugs Your way!!! πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸŒŠβ€οΈπŸ˜Š

    1. Katy, Katy, thank you so much for your wonderful words. It makes me laugh (smile) too. You read me very well.
      I got the hugs. I am sending you love and beautiful roses.
      xoxoxo….

      1. Ahhh! My pleasure, sweetness!!! Thank You for the love and beautiful roses!!! You know, with all of us sending so much hugs, love and with Your beautiful roses flying all about I sincerely, on the deepest level, believe we’re wrapping the planet with a blanket of Love….on some level…❀️❀️❀️

    1. With what? The seventeen bridges? They are real. I did not invent them. You know that πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much BO. That’s a big compliment coming from you.
      Much love
      G.

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