General Poetry posted February 9, 2019

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DEDICATION: Characters in new novel...

The Many Shades of Me

by Jacqueline M Franklin

Thank you to Brigitte Werner from Pixabay for the beautiful artwork

Dedication poem to the characters in my new novel

.... ‘Gabriella’s Paradise Ranch’ ....
(Evolution of a Paramour)

'The Many Shades of Me'

The many shades of me is full of much impropriety
although upon reflection no other way could there be

I learned to survive through overwhelming circumstance
even though the road traveled was not of my choosing
Papa taught me well, you see, by grooming my abilities
to heighten my sensuality—down to the soul of me

Thad is the most serious uncle—the poor dear
William is by far the orneriest beyond respectability
Samuel never fails to bring out the tenderness in us both
Dear Uncle Anthony never fails in an overabundance of chivalry
And in the beginning Elliot had moments of wickedness beyond reproach
But above all throughout my years of so much promiscuity
Darling Harry still brings out the forever and a day in me

Well, I could go on, but as you can clearly see
the many shades of me there will always be
Would I change said shades of improperness?
I would not—save I not learn from adversity
If not for the ranch so men can seek a paramour
who would tend to their vulnerable sensibilities?
Sadly, I daresay the frigid women of the world
don’t know how to love—nor care for love in return
Again, I say, I would not change a single shade of me 

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Jacqueline M Franklin


"Gabriella's Paradise Ranch
(Evolution of a Paramour)

Since most of my novels are Historic, it is safe to say there is no shortage of soiled doves/paramours, so I decided to research why women in the 19th Century evolved into such an occupation. Suffice to say this novel is NOT for those who hold to a high moral standard because I wanted to write if from an understandable and realistic POV as to the reasons. Therefore, I wrote it in a FICTIONAL format. 

However, the research was sad in that many women had no choice since propriety dictated a single woman could not care for themselves with proper decorum—let alone having come by it due to unfortunate circumstances. Most especially those forced into it through a cruel twist of fate. Having said as much, there were some who sought it as a forward-thinking woman who did not/would not conform to propriety because there were merely a woman. If a man could have his mistress—why not a woman have her mister’ess. (*<*)

Reference to the men in this poem are some names of Gabriella’s 'uncles' in the novel.

Thanks to YouTube & Tina Turner
'What's Love Got to Do With It'


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