Rien Que Pour Toi by Gabriela Marie Milton

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[From my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose.]

Between the bed and the window, in that space that smells roses and rien que pour toi, the morning lets her hair down.  She is so close that I can reach her skin with the tip of my fingers. 

I know … his book and the fame it brought him. The book in which he made me โ€“ the me that he imagined โ€“ the main character.

He was fascinated by the purple of my makeup and the yellows of my cobra, who used to erect the upper portion of her body to greet him every time he visited. 

I do not know what demons he tried to exorcise. In the heat of those summer afternoons, he used to sip his sangria and attempt to find almost religious justifications for what he called my ecstatic existence; an existence populated with the richness and succulence of the Mediterranean literature and void of bullet points.

His acute shyness and his need to overcome the incapacity to love beyond nightly adventures used to ring in my ears like some unhinged marimba lamenting the loss of a pipe.

The dress that I wear in page twenty-seven. That dress and the heart-shaped red stone pierced with a hole for the suspension I used to wrap around my neck.  I found that stone in a churchyard.

I was too young. Perhaps an older version of me would have made him a better writer. Do not laugh. You are too handsome when you laugh.

In the end, he managed to do something special. He invented the name of a perfume and made me wear it on every page of his book: rien que pour toi. I hid his book somewhere in the library. Yet, every morning, in the space between the bed and the window, it still smells rien que pour toi.

On August 2021 Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose became a #1 Amazon bestseller. My deepest thanks to everyone who bought my book.

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80 thoughts on “Rien Que Pour Toi by Gabriela Marie Milton

  1. That is how you write romance, in a romantic mood you set the scene with perfect precision. Lovely indeed Gabriela ๐ŸŒนโ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŒน

    1. Thank you so much Francisco. I am glad you enjoyed the piece and the romantic mood ๐Ÿ™‚
      Have a fabulous afternoon.

  2. Oh I do love this piece making me long for this luscious and romantic interlude of rien que pour toi. It looks like vaca or semi vaca is agreeing with you Gabriela! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

    1. Thank you so much hon. I am glad you enjoyed the piece. Love you with all my heart.
      To be honest when I first read the word vaca (cow in Spanish) I thought: What is Cindy talking about? lol

      This semi vacation is ok. It cloud be better but truly I should not complain.
      Take care of yourself. Sending huge hugs.


      1. You’re so welcome.. i really did. Awwww love you too. Oh I am so laughing right now..a laughing cow at that. hahaha. I should have thought better.
        We have the 5 min rule on complaints.. so not worry.. that wasn’t even a second. Hope it improves.
        Thanks a lot.. i have too.. who will otherwise, right and I’ve too much to do not to. love you dearest. ๐Ÿ’–xoxoxxoo

      2. Take good care of you my beautiful Cindy and good luck with everything, It’s good to laugh.
        Talk to you later.

      3. I will you too and thanks for that Gabriela.. Laughing makes my days worthwhile and so do your words! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– Yes, TTUL ๐Ÿ’–

  3. Such a unique story, so well told in your unmistakable style, Gabriela…I love how it all settles on that magical perfume. Romance in the afternoon, his inabilities to express his feelings except by making you a character in a book..and the highest compliment….making you a perfume:):) Fabulous!!

    1. My dearest Karima, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. Very grateful for every words you wrote. Sending love. I hope you are well.

    1. Sweetheart, thank you so much for this beautiful comment. I adore it ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ

  4. J’aime comment tu convies les mots, un ร  un, ils glissent sur la page.

    A very interesting text, the character that live through the book and bleed to reality. Love how the sense of smell is evocative.

    Have a beautiful evening Gabriela

    1. Miriam, my dearest, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I am glad you found the text interesting. Sending lots of love your way.

  5. Sublime, Gabriela, and steamy like this August morning. I am listless today on my vaca and wish to do nothing but stay by the pool and read your poetry. I dream of my husband serving me peeled grapes and luscious peaches but alas, he has abandoned me (temporarily!) for a day of fishing. Tonight we will eat freshly caught sea bass and drink ice cold sparkling sangria and enjoy each other. Big hugs to you, my lovely one xoxo

    1. You were listless? I am so glad to hear that.

      “wish to do nothing but stay by the pool and read your poetry.” This really honors me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart hon.

      “Tonight we will eat freshly caught sea bass and drink ice cold sparkling sangria and enjoy each other. ” Fabulous! I hope you had a magical evening.

      Sending lots of love to you Nancy. Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

      1. Hahaha!! Yes I was listless; the weather has been so incredibly hot but today we caught a break, thank goodness and it’s much more pleasant.
        Last night was steamy (in more ways than one ๐Ÿ˜‰); I even read a few poems to my love.
        I’m sending big hugs and love to you; can you feel them? Hope you are relaxing on your well-deserved semi vaca xoxo ๐ŸŒน

      2. Hon, I am glad you had a good time. I can feel the love. Can you feel mine? Because I do love you and wish you the best time ever โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

      3. ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน

      1. You are so welcome my friend. I never grow tired of reading your books and the beautiful words inside. ๐Ÿฆ‹โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽˆ

      2. Hon, sorry for my late reply and thank you for your beautiful words. Love you. I hope everything is well.

      3. I am great and feeling very blessed. I am so happy you got a bit of a break Button. You have worked so hard and accomplished so much. I am so happy still about being in your beautiful Anthology โ€œWounds I Healed,โ€ and tell people about your work. Your style remains so unique. You are always so thoughtful and supportive of your followers too. Love Honeybun

      4. Honeybun, you took my breath away. Once again thank you for your kind words and for your understanding. I am not thoughtful enough hon. I did not read too much lately. But I will catch up and visit soon. Have a blessed Sunday.

      5. You can’t read every poem everyone writes, I know you try. I know you read me when you have a chance and that is enough for me. You have been a wonderful friend, mentor, and advocate and I will never forget that trust and belief in me. So please do not say you are not thoughtful enough. Sending hot air balloons full of flowers and hugs! xoxoxo

  6. It’s sounds something an artist looking for a muse would do. Make a character out of her, invent imaginary perfume. I loved this story. Also because he isn’t idolized and has his flaws.

    1. Thank you so much dear Cheryl so happy it resonated with you ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน

    1. My Goodness Navin, thank you so much for your praise.
      Have a beautiful evening and a great week ahead.

      1. You’re very welcome, dearest Gabriela…thank you for your wishes…enjoy the moments โœจ๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’ซ

  7. That’s funny! I was going to say this is exquisite, as always, beautiful Gabriela, and I see Cheryl beat me to it!!! It IS though. This one was a one-two gut punch of such deep sorrow married with profoundly calm strength. It double whammyed me. Thank You. I’m still in it. Lingers. I hope You’re having. a wonderful weekend!!! Love You! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’โค๏ธ

    1. Oh, sweet Katy, thank you so much for your wonderful words. Love you hon. My weekend is wonderful. Sending you huge hugs. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐ŸŒบโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน

      1. My absolute pleasure!!! ๐Ÿ’– And Thank You! Apparently I fell into a wormhole! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I think I did enjoy my Sunday, though and I’m loving that You’re weekend was wonderful!!! Cheers and so much Love! ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Š

  8. Your imagery is simply arresting. I keep turning your phrases over in my mind. They evoke a sense of mystery but canโ€™t be dismissed as ambiguity. They are like the fragrance you describeโ€”lingering in the air.

    1. Dearest Steve, I am deeply humbled by your wonderful words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Very glad you enjoyed the piece.

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