Friday, 17 January 2014


The room – just then – 
as now,  
was tinged in 
dreamy blue, soft,  
violet light

as, I recall, it often was
that year  
so passionate and bright –

and the hours spent  
GLOR - I - OUS - LY ! ! ! 
in the stacks

– AMID –
the wild and ardent words of  

And thus . . .  
I found myself with you, 
My Dear, 
in the soft periwinkle glow

impetuously moved  
to place - the fingers 
of my hand, upon 
your sweater arm 
. . . just so

and sashay them,  
to your shoulder . . . 
and your throat

and on your bottom lip:  
I plucked 
one bold pizzicato note.
Then you took my hands
and kissed them 

and you laughed . . . but with affection.

And in that kiss . . . and in your laugh,
ROMANTIC – period:


The Romantic Period (an era I took very much to heart in my university studies) was a movement that originated in Europe primarily from 1800 to 1850.  Partly as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the resulting urban sprawl, Romanticism validated strong emotion and spontaneity as a source of the artistic and intellectual aesthetic experience and expression.  It legitimized individual imagination, which permitted freedom from classical notions of art.  

William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Jane Austin are a few of the British writers of the Romantic Period.

I think, this quote from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy hits the Romantic Period nail of the head in the following line:  “And the sunlight clasps the earth.  And the moonbeams kiss the sea:  What is all this sweet work worth, If thou kiss not me?”

Pizzicato – Italian for a playing technique that involves plucking the strings of a string musical instrument with fingertips. 

photos:  In Dreamy Blue, Soft, Violet (the top photo is part of a water feature on the campus of Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain)  – W. Bourke 

© 2014 Wendy Bourke 


  1. Packed with delightful detail ... Enjoyed!

    I'm behind again in my reading, sorry - tired and going in different directions.

  2. Thanks, Janet. I enjoying packing it. Smiles!

  3. Finally, a fellow romantic! Perfection! :)

  4. ha. i like the playful romanticism in the end...the touches...
    i like how you link this with your reading of the romantics...
    i am a hopeful romantic at well..