“A Lingering Memory” (a special spotlight)

A Lingering Memory
by Charles Schilling

It was a slow kiss
Giving warmth to my chilled face.
Her lips so light upon me,
And her embrace around me.
Her hands running delicately through my hair
And a hug to my weary body.
It envelops me
And the heat is so intense.
It burns my skin.
It burns it to char and eats my bones;
A complete assault upon me.
I am melting and boiling
And my mind begins to fry.
Lava settles in my heart
And it is liquified to fiery tears.
Torture prolonged to minutes, hours… days?
Years.
Then nothing.
A cool breeze takes my hand,
Washes my face.
It dances around me, cleansing me,
All with beautiful grace.
Then it passes.
The Inferno devours me.

In May, I featured poet Charles Schilling, a former student of mine. I am pleased to do so again, with his poem, “A Lingering Memory.” A poem that will linger in my memory. ✨ Charles is used to my corny jokes, but with that comment, I am not joking.

If you missed his first feature on my blog, here you go: “Lifting the Fog.” Charles selected “Shine on You Crazy Diamond Part IX” by Pink Floyd to accompany his poem. He said the song is “a quiet and forceful remembering of a lingering memory that refuses to go, causing an inferno to rage within the mind – a sort of war of introspection.” A great choice, and one of the best concerts I’ve been to, I told him.

Charles is heading into his final semester, which begins tomorrow. If you read his first poem featured on my blog, you might recall that Charles is an undergraduate student attending Arizona State University. He is currently finishing degrees in History and English Literature. 

Thank you for visiting and encouraging the work of a fine poet and future teacher. Be well. πŸ’—Michele

Photo 1: by KieferPix Photo 2: by Igor Haritanovich Photo 3: focused Charles

Β© 2022 Michele Lee Sefton

58 thoughts on ““A Lingering Memory” (a special spotlight)

  1. WOW, what a powerful poem Michele. I know as his teacher it is such a joy to see him achieve what he is doing with his education and his amazing poetry. I know you are proud and you can tell with this feature. πŸ₯°πŸŒΊπŸ˜˜ The music is a such a nice pairing with this poem. 🎢 How masterful as he connects his burning passion with the intensity of the heat from flowing lava. Awesome my dancing queen! πŸ”₯β™¨πŸŒ‹

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    1. A talented writer and gifted thinker, Charles is. I am confident he will make a grand difference in the lives of his future students and readers. 😊 Well said, Kym. It is a joy for me to follow the path of my former students. πŸ’— I agree about the music. He surprised me with that one! 🎢 PF is not my go to music, but that was an amazing concert to go to. πŸ˜„ Thank you, my Motivational Maven! πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ»

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      1. You go Professor! I love how supportive you are and with teachers like you who show how much they care for their students is a fist-bump πŸ€œπŸΌπŸ€›πŸΌ drop the mic 🎀🎀🎀 hats offπŸ‘’πŸŽ“πŸŽ© round of applause! So, you simply rock ladybug!!! πŸ˜πŸ’‹πŸ˜˜πŸŒΊπŸ₯°

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  2. A beautiful sharing indeed, dear Michele! Your student is a gifted poet who pens words with intriguing passion, introspective delicacy, and a feeling heart πŸ’—. For one so young, he has accomplished beyond his age. You must have been very proud of him and he is very fortunate to have you!πŸ₯³πŸŒ»

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    1. Annabel! My traveling dancing dearheart! πŸ’— A beautiful description of Charles’ poem and a fitting observation of him. He is a kind and modest person who impressed me in the classroom, and he continues to do so with his writing and academic accomplishments. Thank you! Safe travels to you and best wishes on your new adventures! πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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      1. Thank you so much, MicheleπŸ’—. Charles writes beautifully and I am sure he will continue to hone his skills and achieve much more!🌻

        The new adventures have distracted me too much from peace πŸ˜…. I need to put the thought of it a bitπŸ˜ƒπŸ₯‚

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  3. So powerful and romance poem β€œA Lightening Memory β€œ Dear you and your student πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Two
    also so talented and credit goes to you and you are so proud of him πŸŒ·πŸ‘πŸ»β™₯️I enjoyed nicely 😊
    Thank you for sharing and grace wishes to you dear and your loving Student πŸ’πŸ‘β™₯️β™₯️

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    1. Charles did create a powerful and romantic poetic tale, yes! πŸ’ž Thank you so very much for appreciating his work and for your ongoing inspiration here. πŸ™πŸ» I am glad you enjoyed the post. Have a beautiful evening lovely lady. πŸ’

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    1. Great word choice! An intense tone, yes! Well said, yes, he does. Thank you, Jeff, for reading and supporting the work of a young artist, soon to be teacher. πŸ‘πŸ» It is wonderful to support fellow creatives. πŸ’–πŸŒ³

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  4. Oh, yes, I remember him and the poem.
    He is a gifted young man with an equally gifted and talented teacher in you.
    I’m trying to remember if I had a slow kiss in my younger years but I think I don’t have. πŸ˜„πŸ˜†πŸ˜…

    Missing reading your posts.

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    1. Happy to read you, Adelheid! Thank you for remembering and supporting talented Charles. You are very sweet to say the same of me. 😊 I did not either. πŸ˜† I love your visits when you have the time. πŸ€—πŸ’—

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