And He Would Know Her Name

And He Would Know Her Name
And He Would Know Her Name

She stood atop the stoop,
hobnail boots rocking, her dress swaying,
and a heart now racing,
as Tom, the baker across the way, opened up.

And she, for all her dreams, and fancy,
the want of holding him near,
the scent of rising dough in his hair,
her slumber-time panacea.

A sign relented her wants despair,
he not even knowing her name,
yet she held this dream without a thought of words,
to somehow turn his head, if he could feel the same.

But alas, what could she do,
her body a barrel, her face long lost that youthful hue,
and he so dressed to impress, all starched,
his tweed and spit and polish shoes, made her back all arch.

Inside she went to begin her day,
her unrequited love, the swallow caught in her throat,
a tear held back in desperation, until Tom
the baker man did ring the bell.

Her yearning face now filled with grace,
beamed with a smile broad,
and Tom at first glance beamed back;
and robin’s in melodic refrain chirped with glee,
as light from both did fill the shop.

Two hearts thundered,
as both uttered…
Elsie, Tom at once.

Tony DeLorger © 2017

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

4 thoughts on “And He Would Know Her Name

  • May 6, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    What a touching, wanting of feelings. How many go through their days feeling less than perfect, not as attractive physically to attract a mate? The feelings of less than perfect must gnaw at a persons heart and soul. To hunger for a feeling, even as much as a hello or how are you today, the mention of your name, is so rewarding to that person feeling less of a person. Their are a lot of sad, lonely people in our world, I too sometimes feel that way too. Nicely expressed with tenderness Tony, good work.

  • May 6, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Much appreciated Vincent, yet this subject would be familiar to a lot of people. Today’s world can be a burden to those of lesser self-esteem. Glad you related and enjoyed the work. Cheers!

  • May 7, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Very nice one Tony , I love it . The visuals are great , that’s one of the things I always “look ” for .

  • May 7, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Thanks Ed, much appreciated and glad you enjoyed it. Being an artist also, I strive to create pictures as that’s how my brain works. Cheers my friend.


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