Poem ‘Date’


One day there you were,
a diamond in my mind’s eye;
the little lady with strong dark eyes,
such verve, obligatory husky voice.
I’d rehearsed all my moves – you know,
the walk, the talk,
washed my hair especially,
three year old conditioner and all.
I knew I had to be special,
for you,
to be that all-singing male mix
of strength, humour and vulnerability
(frankly, nigh on impossible
unless your name is Depp).
Little wonder then I’d always disappoint,
fall flat, look a fool,
but tonight I didn’t –
because you didn’t turn up! –
unless you were that sexy bass player,
the little lady winking at me
with those dark gleaming eyes?

© copyright dfbarker 2012

*This is almost totally a product of the imagination!
Any events which might have inspired this occurred many years ago.

**The image is a digital creation



  1. claudia · January 7, 2012

    so cool david…the three year old conditioner cracked me up…and i bet she was that sexy bass player..this lady poetry has so many faces..sometimes she looks like johnny depp..smiles..and this gets highly inspirational then…smiles


  2. walterwsmith3rd · January 7, 2012

    Sometimes after so many dates and girls it can be confusing. Alas our imagination brings it all together.


  3. Robert · January 7, 2012

    Great rhythm, humorous, with a nice twist in the tail.


  4. Ina · January 7, 2012

    hi David lol this is both funny and splendid 🙂 I love the image too. You should have gone for the bass player! At least she was there and she winked?


  5. Soma Mukherjee · January 7, 2012

    LOL it so funny…and the efforts to get all ready for the date ..how dare she not show up…she would have had she known about the conditioner…hilarious..


  6. df barker · January 7, 2012

    Thank you Claudia!


  7. df barker · January 7, 2012

    Thank you Ina!


  8. df barker · January 7, 2012

    Thank you!


  9. df barker · January 7, 2012

    Soma, thank you!


  10. kathryningrid · January 7, 2012

    Ah, the perfect embodiment of a blind date: hilarious + horrifying = memorable!


  11. thundergoes · January 7, 2012

    Lovely! I especially liked the idea of rehearsing the moves, and also the impossible male combination of strength, humour and vulnerability. Nice job!


  12. granbee · January 7, 2012

    D.F. just entranced by the glittery digital creation you posted here today! I am speaking of both the enhanced photo and the enhanced memory of youth romantic aspirations! Very gently amusing and evocative of so many youthful misperceptions of oneself!


  13. df barker · January 7, 2012

    Thank you!!!!!


  14. df barker · January 7, 2012

    Thanks very much!


  15. lscotthoughts · January 7, 2012

    Loved the image and the photo and smiled at the 3 yr old conditioner! Wonderful imagination or true to life! Maybe you should write a “Date Two” starring the sexy bass player! 🙂


  16. susielindau · January 7, 2012

    Her loss and the bass players gain!
    Great poem!!


  17. redjim99 · January 8, 2012

    Really good piece of story telling. Well done,



  18. Renee Espriu · January 8, 2012

    You have quite a following here. I would have responded to you when you visited my site but your comments did not link somehow so I will thank you here. You have wonderful paintings and words to go with and I see you are published as well. Perhaps my site did not link as I have my own domain now at http://reneejustturtleflight.com In any case I will try to visit here to see what you have posted.


  19. Betty Hayes Albright · January 8, 2012

    Wonderful – this made me smile!


  20. Louise Jaques · January 8, 2012

    I think we’ve all been here David, the tension, the anticipation of a date, which I assure you, as a woman, is every bit as nerve-wracking as it is for a man! The visual of this poem, I especially love. The colouring is stunning, as are the subtle light spots which make it explode. Wonderful!


  21. Soma Mukherjee · January 8, 2012

    Hey David I have nominated you for the Candle Lighter Award please go through the link to know more( there are no limits to how many you can nominate)


  22. df barker · January 8, 2012

    Thank you very much!


  23. df barker · January 8, 2012

    Thank you so much!


  24. df barker · January 8, 2012

    Renee, thank you very much!


  25. df barker · January 8, 2012

    Thank you very much, Louise!


  26. df barker · January 8, 2012

    Betty, thank you!


  27. df barker · January 8, 2012

    Thank you, you are very kind!


  28. journeyintopoetry · January 8, 2012


    This made me smile out loud!

    Your writing is just wonderful, I want to read on when you have finished!!



  29. Thomas Davis · January 8, 2012

    I smiled when I read this. Lady poetry is always mysterious, but the truth is that you never disappoint.


  30. Thomas Davis · January 8, 2012

    Beautiful detailed writing. Thank you. Ethel


  31. Mary · January 8, 2012

    Wonderful writing. I just love all the detail you included, how the scene came alive. You paint scenes beautifully with your words.


  32. Angela · January 8, 2012

    Wonderful poetry, David! And I just LOVE the image… I had to scroll back up when I’d read the poem to look at it again – it’s enchanting.


  33. Fergiemoto · January 8, 2012

    I enjoyed this poem!


  34. maturestudenthanginginthere · January 9, 2012

    I enjoyed your poem. The events which inspired this, as you say, were long ago – clearly however they remain strong in your memory. Thank you for sharing this.


  35. Sana Johnson-Quijada MD · January 10, 2012

    hi david. “washed my hair especially,
    three year old conditioner and all” – favorite verse. enjoyed it all.
    my husband is still grossed out when i tell him what a hillbilly i used to b growing up. smile.


  36. clara54 · January 10, 2012

    A romantic fool I am! Glad I found your site. Thanks for liking my interview at Marcie Writes…

    Peace & blessings,


  37. Caddo Veil · January 10, 2012

    This is great–and I love the nod to the Depp-ster. (Fortunately it only took a year for me to get over him, and return to my first-always love…)


  38. Emma · January 11, 2012

    This is fun, David. I don’t know is it worse to wonder what might have been or to see that inevitable falling flat come to fruition? Hmmm… I think I could be the female version of this speaker. 😀 Love the art piece…it adds a nice touch to the poetry.


  39. df barker · January 11, 2012

    Emma, thank you so much for your comments!

    Kind regards

    David Francis Barker

    Poetry collection, ‘Anonymous Lines’ available here: http://liten.be//j5nek


  40. ed pilolla · January 13, 2012

    what a good date night, winks from her. i enjoyed your stamp on an iconic situation: getting stood up after hoping for so much. you have a payoff at the end and it’s quite an enjoyable piece. the art is really appealing.


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