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Michael James O’Neill

Arc of a Romance

Magic by Lajos Gulácsy

Alone and lonely /

/ stay-at-home / distant

glances / once-overs / polite

greetings / a compliment / a weather

remark / small talk / a conversation / a

restaurant date / fondness / attraction / lots

to say/ a goodnight peck / second date / a lingering

soul kiss / excitation / third date / a rom-com movie / furious

sex / infatuation / no worry / meal at home / scintillating sex / first

of many sleepovers / no holds barred / big move / settling in / cooking

/ reading / laughing / everything together / bliss / la vie en rose / in

deep / mention of commitment / missed meal / first fight /

talk it out / makeup sex not so good / reality check /

quirks and flaws / diminishing desire / another

fight / mean words / wounds / rift / not much

to say/ void / luggage at door / separation

/ indifference / messages blocked /

alone but not

lonely /


About the writer:
Michael James O’Neill is from a francophone town in Québec, Canada. He has a B.Ed. and a B.A. from Université de Montréal. He is a career educator with postgrad studies at McGill University (Master of Education). He is the author of several textbooks and activity books for the teaching of English. He has published a few flash fictions most recently in Lothlorien Poetry Journal Vol. 16. He now lives in sunny Bolivia with his wife, Ana Guardia.

Image: Magic by Lajos Gulácsy (1882-1932). Oil on canvas. 86 x 63 cm. 1906-07.  By free license via freeparking (photographer).

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