Her Secret


“Ye shall cross paths
With a man of greatness
He shall be your succour,
Your comfort, lover,
And your friend.
His name shall start with the letter in my cup.”
She looked in the cup and saw an ‘M’.

Patiently she waited.
She gave preference to Mark, Miles and Michael.
She met no such man
Three years went by.
Edward came, wined, dined and pined.
She noticed not.

When she was old, bent and grey,
Her mind played back her life scenes.
In particular, the moment she saw ‘M’ in that cup.
Had she stood differently
An ‘M’ could have been an ‘E’
She rang him up.
He waited still.
In the end,
Their grave was next to the other
When heaven bade them welcome.
Their latter months lived as foretold.

Visiting the foreteller,
Remained her greatest regret and her best kept secret.




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22 thoughts on “Her Secret

  1. Another new word-Tasseography. Your blog enriches my vocabulary daily. Life should be lived with the excitement of embracing the dangers and living as rangers. Visiting clairvoyants is playing safe. Taking risks is part of the fun. Looking forward to each other expecting the best and making our choices is part of the adrenaline boost. I am happy for her that she got a lil bit of it all at the end. Lovely one as usual. You are on a creative high. Yours is always a delectable continental literary dish. Not Amala. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. At this stage I don’t think you can. Besides, we seem to share a lot of the same interests, those twilight beings (not from that imbecile book though), the spirit world, the soul connections. The eras. So going by that alone, it’s interesting to see how someone else interprets that.

        Speaking of which, with a short sidetrack because I keep forgetting to ask in the blogging world, can you think of any groups / countries (current and / or ancient) where the man would address a woman as “my empress.” I’m driving myself crazy trying to research that. And I know I’m missing the obvious. My guess is very ancient but used throughout the centuries. Babylon / Ishtar Gate ancient.

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      2. Thank you for your vote of confidence.

        Re your question….My first guess would be Ancient…. Egyptian to be exact. My guess is supported by the fact that they were one of the earliest civilization to demonstrate female empowerment …for e.g. Cleopatra. I think the Babylonian/Arabian times likely preceeded this…..thinking of Queen Sheba now. You could also explore the Chinese history with regards to this too.
        Currently, I do not think men refer to women as such. However, the Turks seem to have a lot of pet names they call their lovers and I will not be surprised if ‘my empress’ is one of them.

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      3. Turks, you say. Interesting. I’ll ask my friend. I used to trade her mercilessly for using my middle name by always pointing out all the references to Sultan Sรผleyman. She hates the subject, because it reminded her of terrible History lessons. So even to this day I’ll make sure to mention Harem (which btw, really isn’t a bad book), and the countless Turkish TV shows they show over here (Hungarians are deeply devoid of irony when the joke is on them, but excellent at meting it out themselves). But I never thought to ask her. Makes a lot of sense, though. Queen Sheba crossed my mind as well, ages ago. And of course I want to link it to Babylon, because if there was one reason to go back to Berlin, it would be to see the Ishtar Gate again. I kept seeing it dipping in and out of my vision as we were making our way around the Pergamon Museum, then all of a sudden it was there. Merely a fraction, of course, and they totally own it illegally over there, but in that moment I didn’t care.

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      4. ๐Ÿ˜‚ .
        I dwell more on the romantic and victorious aspects of the Ottoman empire rather than the terrible history lessons. You could encourage her to do the same instead of being the mischievous Hungarian that you are๐Ÿ˜ƒ.
        God! You always do give me something to ponder on. I do need to go see the Istar gates too at least once in my life time.

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      5. Absolutely a must where the Ishtar Gate is concerned. Though my friend was less impressed. ๐Ÿ˜€

        As for my Turkish friend, from what she told me, they really covered it beyond exhaustion. Evil Hungarian that I am, I of course had to step in.

        I do that to people, make them ponder. Sometimes even things that might be less comfortable. And then I wonder why some people don’t want to play with me. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‡

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