Monday, March 17, 2014

Young Proposal--By Robert A. Dufresne--United States

Young Proposal

She lay slipping into slumber gently dreaming,
her tousled hair draped across her down pillow,
dwelling on the memory, her face beaming,
Of his proposal under the willow.

Kneeling at eternity’s edge, he paused,
his knees soiled and sweat on his brow,
not aware of the anxiety he caused,
as she awaited his solemn vow.

He but a poor lad, afraid he’d be denied,
with ring of tin foil he muffled his plea,
she, so joyful she cried.
No one could be as happy as she.

She crooned to her husband, “do you remember that time?”
Of course my love, he smiled. We were only nine….

Robert A. Dufresne was born in Vermont and raised on a dairy farm. After four years in the Navy and trying his hand at a couple of trades, he settled in as a self employed remodeling carpenter for 31 years. He and his wife moved to Florida in 1998, where he continued his career. He began writing poetry in 2009 .


  1. Oh, this is just so tenderly beautiful! I love the rythm, and rhyme. And love the surprise ending. Made me call to mind my own engagement. Very, very sweet. Thank you for sharing. Oh, and I am fellow Floridian! Kristina

  2. Robert, being a hopeless romantic, I really loved your very sweet poem with the surprise ending. Thank you for a well written poem that flowed right into my heart.

  3. How sweet this is! Of course, most every woman would think so! It is cleverly and intriguingly written and the imagery is sweet and precious! Thank you for such a soft and sweet moment. Sheri

  4. Hi Robert - Remember me? I sure do remember you. What a pleasure it is to be reading your poetry again! This is wonderfully nostolgic and brings back a flood of memories of my proposal to my own wife. I was so nervous that my mouth was dry and my voice was trembling and stuttering. I thought that surely should laugh or sigh in disgust but she was very calm and patient with me. The same thing happened at our wedding and THAT was very embarassing and humiliating...

  5. What a lovely surprise! Thank you, Robert, for giving me a smile.


  6. How beautiful, Rob! I can just see you kneeling on one knee and proposing at a tender age. Hope the love you felt that day continues forever. Love, carolyn

  7. Dear Robert,

    What a lovely write on a "Young Proposal" very romantic and nostalgic indeed. A pleasure to read your poetry today.

    Sandra Stefanowich

  8. Dear Robert,

    Thank you for all the lovely comments for other writers and for sharing your talent for Whispers. What a bright light you are! I appreciate all you do.


  9. Wonderful piece of writing. really enjoyed it. best wishes. Pete.

  10. Thank you, Jack Horne, for the following comment--

    lovely heart warming write

  11. Very nice and Shakespearean. Fun read. Thanks for sharing and continued blessings!

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