Thursday, April 18, 2013

Like Anna and Alexei

the lemon and mint night
deceived me with its fragrance

stronger, subtler than roses,
pink, and blushing deeper still

i’m sorry,
i should have listened to me

but my voice
went hush

when i heard your words
and all i could think about

was your tongue

Copyright © 2013 Jennifer Wagner

Peggy Goetz at Poetry Jam invited us to write from the perspective of a fictional character.  I based my poem on the both tragic and captivating characters of Anna and Count Vronsky in Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina, and the attraction between them.  I read the book a while back but have yet to see the 2012 movie version.  I’m curious to know if anyone has seen it and what they thought of it.


  1. Really nice, Jennifer. I haven't seen the movie yet but read the book years ago.

  2. I have not seen the movie. I had planned to, but it didn't get such good reviews. I do not know much about the story, but I think it is always a good idea to listen to oneself!

  3. Lovely Jennifer. I have not seen the movie either but heard it was a well done period piece. I also read the book long ago. Anna was a captivating character.

  4. Jennifer, what well written passion! I have not read this book, but I love the voice you gave her. After reading your poem, I might have to give that book a read :-)

  5. Jen, lovely and passionate. :)

  6. It may have been due to the fact I saw the movie on an airplane (five hour flight) .. but the film was not great (in my humble opinion.) I read the novel years ago which also may be a factor .. but the film paled in comparison to the book. (Jude Law being the exception)

    I did, however, enjoy your poem.

  7. I really like this one. Seductive and alluring - it really conveys the emotion of desire. Great write honey.

  8. "a lemon and mint night"... a deception i would gladly fall to.

    its "voice went hush" when the poem turned thus and it was "all i could think" of.

    indeed like Anna and Alexei!

    very bewitching.

  9. I have not seen the Keira Knightley version but I thoroughly recommend Sophie Marceau. She is absolutely Anna.

  10. This is very well written!

  11. Who's tongue were you thinking about when you wrote this. I know where my mind went when I read it. Couldn't breathe for a while afterward.

  12. Captivating and compelling. An original thought-line.

  13. It's not about Good Sense or it wouldn't be romantic love!

    I'm like you, I read the book when I was about 30, but haven't seen the movie. The book was magnificent when he stuck to his story, but like many 19th century novelists (Hugo being the worst on this), he strays into irrelevant essays on burning issues of the day that don't further the story. The side trips drove me crazy. That said, Anna is unforgettable.

  14. I read this over and over again. Very compelling. I haven't seen the movie yet, but am hoping to see it before the summer comes.


  15. really love the opening "assault" on one's senses with the fragrances and then the blush. beautifully written from beginning to end, Jennifer!

  16. I have to agree with Fireblossom... I skipped quite a few parts of the book. I have only seen a trailer for the book ... and I was a bit taken aback by what I thought to be very English accents and people. It's a Russian story, for goodness sakes. Now, Jude Law I can't believe would ever give a bad performance.... but I have yet to see the movie. YOU let us know what YOU think!! :)

    I LOVED the poem... my kind of passionate poem!


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