Skinny Dipping

By TropicalSnowstorm

I was having a drink in one of those swimming
pool bars in Dubai after I found out it was you.
The blue pool bottom suddenly reminded me of
your eyes that were so beautiful and deep they
made me want to dive into them and swim naked.
They would also take on the glint of a predator
at the moment you began to play your intellectual
chess with someone in order to vie for "checkmate".
The thought of your eyes clouded over after those
moments of terror made me drink until my skin felt
as numb as my core and the water turned lifeless.
You were there for me when I got the scar on my
forehead and I remember how singing with you
cheered me up even though I knew it would be ugly.
I respected you for your convictions because
you lived by them even though they turned out
to be as misguided as I always said they were.
Only eleven shots fired and five people dead meant
they knew exactly what they were doing when they
watched you in order to set up well beforehand.
Like all such things in life your tragedy sadly
had as little affect on the world I could see around
me as it had on those that had murdered you.
Overweight package tourists sunned themselves near
the pool or glided through the water that for me had
become a weightless shroud I could no longer feel.
I knew it would have been the same for me if I had
been the one this time as so little of any of our lives
is directly noticed or valued by others in this world.
Yet you did have an affect on my life and I wish I
hadn't been proved right in all this...but "checkmate".

-- by Steve McKennon, August 2, 2004

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Copyright 2004 Steve McKennon
Published on Tuesday, August 3, 2004.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Devilish On Friday, November 18, 2011, Devilish (3830)By person wrote:

    Awsome!!! Hello there... Scholar

  • A former member wrote: very well-expressed..you have a way to make me soft eye most of the times.. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: So distinguished. A sincere and gratifying read; Effortlessly wondrous yet raw emotion engulfed too quickly, now sitting at the pit of my stomach. Poetry extremes, if there could ever be such a thing.. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: me, still seems of no consequence...but i thank you anyway. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: you make me wish...that whatever/whenever i wrote, i wrote about myself. and that if ever, i were to truly love someone, i'd love them like you. love them enough to immortalize them with my words and my memory.....yet i remain forgetful, because memory to Scholar

  • GreekPhilosopher On Monday, September 27, 2004, GreekPhilosopher (156)By person wrote:

    Respect TS... The Greek Respects You. You Got Me Thinking Which Is Great. GPhD.

  • MercyRain On Sunday, August 8, 2004, MercyRain (108)By person wrote:

    such a beautiful malaise... still the trickster spirit underlying, checkmate... and yet a haunting elegy

  • Jonas On Thursday, October 28, 2004, Jonas (759)By person wrote:

    defer to her and note that the puddle of my heart rippled to read this

  • sixsixnine On Thursday, August 5, 2004, sixsixnine (491)By person wrote:

    this is so diffrent lo0ve IT! extreamly well written loved the painful end ......checkmate........ i think you inspire all of us.. i'm with mysteria on this one flawless *669*

  • antiScripsony On Thursday, August 5, 2004, antiScripsony (32)By person wrote:

    It feels like a movie that takes place in Nevada. And there is nothing wrong with Nevada. I applaud you.

  • A former member wrote: Ouch. Wish there was more I could say to fit this, but that's what I'm left with after reading it: this big ouch in my gut.

  • Northstar On Tuesday, August 3, 2004, Northstar (388)By person wrote:

    wow--this is really an amazing work-- dont know what else to say

  • Anth On Tuesday, August 3, 2004, Anth (1144)By person wrote:

    superb work,its kinda obvious from the first few lines this is gonna be something special,flawlessly written,just stunning

  • purr_verse On Tuesday, August 3, 2004, purr_verse (1037)By person wrote:

    please refer to anth's comment - it's just what i was thinking! wonderful write.

  • Ophelia On Tuesday, August 3, 2004, Ophelia (228)By person wrote:

    Four times I have read this and countless more I will read it again, my heart hurts filled with a sense of pointless loss...you make me feel........O

  • manywalks On Tuesday, August 3, 2004, manywalks (773)By person wrote:

    I had to step back at his and read it again, threw at me something totally different than what I expected. Left an empty little hollow in my stomach, wonderful. ~ wen

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