Every man

02 Jul

He forgets how lovely she is.

Their lives only touch at the edges.  He has not seen her for days.  She only visited him in his imagination.  He could not fully recreate her perfection in his fantasies.

So when they meet inevitably yet unexpectedly, he is knocked sideways by the collision.   He is stunned by the lithe and elegant sensuality of her body.  His breath is stolen by her brown-eyed beauty.

He is blown away by her smile.

He cannot understand why every man does not ache for her.

As he does.

(The photograph is a great favourite of mine – ‘American Girl in Italy’, taken by Ruth Orkin in 1951.  I love the way she has captured the impact of the girl’s innocent beauty on her testosterone-rich admirers).


Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Art


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19 responses to “Every man

  1. mlbk7

    July 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Imagination is wonderful. Takes you every where you want to go. Just Beautiful.
    Want to go. ..m


    • Romantic Dominant

      July 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm



  2. Isabella

    July 3, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Their lives only touch at the edges…where oh where did you come up with that! I don’t know which I like more the photo which made me laugh because I frequently do that very same thing….or your writing.


    • Romantic Dominant

      July 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

      It is a wonderful photo.
      I am glad you liked both


  3. pivoine68

    July 3, 2012 at 10:06 am




    • Romantic Dominant

      July 3, 2012 at 10:07 am



  4. Desiree G

    October 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    A man that understands the mystique of a brown-eyed beauty —


  5. April

    March 29, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I will be an American girl in Italy next week…if I can brave the flying.


    • Romantic Dominant

      March 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      You will be brave I’m sure. And attract as much attention.


      • April

        March 29, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        I will be, if only in the doing it because giving in to the fear would be worse. And, hopefully with a happier face than hers.


  6. thepaintedladyuk

    September 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I adore this piece, for both the evocative writing and the picture, I love how each man holds an expression that could write its own unique story. How it makes me wonder about her thoughts.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Missy Loyd Strickland

    April 17, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Your words capture the painting.. So beautifully described..

    Liked by 1 person


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