Be Still, My Heart
By BR Chitwood
Somehow, I get the feeling that ‘Arthur’ has finally taken complete control of my body…oh, I can still get up and down, write my fetching narratives and poetry, admire and feel the blood flowing with a bit more rapidity when the pretty ladies go by on my television screen and when I’m out shopping with the wife…of course I need to be more furtive, a bit more subtle with Julie Anne along…Julie’s my wife, and I would not, uh, for a moment, consider again being the ‘mean boy’ of my youth.
I will however confess to my long-held belief that women are the most beautiful distractions on earth…you might say that I do worship certain shapes, sizes, and hair color lengths. It is no mystery to me why some men are labeled ‘womanizers’ but too scared to wander too far from their devoted ‘purse lady’.
Now, I know this is a tough subject to dwell on, but, in my case, ‘dwell’ is the extent I can go – ‘Arthur’ has other ways and/or partners to keep most of us on the ‘straight and narrow’. And, hey, I know there are some good and honorable men who would never ‘dwell’ on the subject of shapes and beauty of women…for me, the psychological nudging for it unknown, the ‘dwell’ has always been there.
Please, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been happily married for many years to a beautiful and caring woman. I’m just saying, songs are written daily, artists, poets, authors have always explored and painted the captivating features of women and the different sections of their bodies. As long as civility and mutual agreements are made, what’s the problem? Beauty and Motion are to be enjoyed and honored without evil intent.
You will notice one of my twenty books, The Cracked Mirror, leads off my thought delicacy here. The Cracked Mirror is a memoir that explores my life from its Appalachian perspective, my youth, the tough times with a lot of anger, my Navy years, college, and women, all of whom had great meaning in my life. This memoir is 90% TRUE
I gave The Cracked Mirror a two-track delivery – one track dealing with time spent in care center for a hip-replacement and a track dealing with my life, ladies, and the neon world.
In the care center track – called ‘The Way Station’ – Prentice Paul Hiller (Me) meets Greta, a retired Psychiatrist (Patient), and the two become friends. Greta becomes the ‘sounding board’ for Prentice’s wayward life… Greta is fictional (blame me for the psychiatry!).
Suffice it to say, The Cracked Mirror goes a long way in giving some texture to my life… lovely ladies who crossed my path, historical periods of war and sacrifice, authors I’ve read and enjoyed.
The book, with little or no promotion, has garnered some 5-Star reviews…hope you have a chance to read it. It covers a large spread of my life and my insatiable poetic fascination with women a la ‘Mona Lisa’ and the tributes paid to them by the poets and authors of the day…hope you have a chance to read TCM.
BR Chitwood – June 21, 2021
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