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Three Whispered Words
by Max Burchett

Fame and fortune I sought.
That I found, but at high cost.
Then I found it was not all that I thought.
Then in your love I found the most.

Whispers of love fanning passion’s fire, inspiring burning desire,
In three whispered words spoken to the heart.
To have your love is my greatest desire,
Forever entwined, never to depart.

About this poem

"Three Whispered Words" by Max Burchett is a poem that delves into the themes of ambition, love, and the realization of true priorities of life. The poem follows a journey of seeking fame and fortune, only to discover their hollow nature and high personal cost. This pursuit leads the speaker to reevaluate desires, finding solace and fulfillment in a newfound love. The poem speaks to the power of love's whispers, alluding to the three “I love you” words which ignite passion and desire within the heart. The poem explores the contrast between material pursuits and genuine love, ultimately expressing the human longing for a love that remains eternal. 

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Written on 2020

Submitted by MaxwellBurchett on August 29, 2023

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Maxwell Sebastian Burchett

Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is president of the charity Golden Hearts that provides support to Ukrainian war refugees. He originated the "Good Day" concept and is leading the campaign to establish "Good Day" as a designated day, nationally recognized as "a day for doing a little extra good." Max is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. His writing interests include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Most recently Max has included in his poetry and non-fiction publications themes developed from his work with Ukrainian war refugees. His poetry style has been influenced by the greats, including Frost, Elliot, Poe and Whitman. Max's short story “Covid Love” was featured in the July 2023, 111th issue of 34thParallel Magazine (34thparallel.net). His novel on post-Putin Russia “Red Star Rising” is being released as serial episodes on Kindle and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. Max Burchett and his brother started delivering food and letters of encouragement to staff at local hospitals during covid, and that grew into the charity Golden Hearts. After covid the charity’s efforts were refocused on helping Ukrainian war refugees, and the homeless, who are basically refugees in their own country. His observations from work with war refugees and the homeless have led him to write stories and songs that attempt to convey the situation to a broader audience. more…

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Discuss the poem "Three Whispered Words" with the community...

  • Soulwriter
    Love it. The repetition and turnaround of the word 'found' is so effective.
    LikeReply 14 days ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      Thank you, Charlotte! I appreciated your kind comments! BTW, great name. Was my grandmother's name as well. Best, Max
      LikeReply 11 day ago
  • Vixility
    What I particularly liked about this poem was the implied dichotomy between material/worldly possessions vs that which not only transcends these, but that which is a real and a shared phenomenon: Love.

    Plato once said (I think it was Plato): “Of friends bereft, alas we perish.” I think the narrator, being the recipient of those cherished three words, might go a little deeper and urgently warn the materialist: “Of love bereft, alas we perish.”

    I very much enjoyed this poem.
    LikeReply 111 days ago
    • MaxwellBurchett
      Good Morning John, Thanks for your comments!! Glad you enjoyed my poem! Best to you, Max
      LikeReply 25 days ago
  • AIDA
    What a poignant and uplifting poem! 'Three Whispered Words' by Max Burchett brilliantly encapsulates the essence of love and the profound impact it can have on one's life. The approach towards the recognition of love as a quintessential element, above fame and fortune, is deeply moving. The expression of passionate love and undying desire is handled so beautifully in this evocative poem. The choice of words and the rhythm maintain a sophisticated balance between sentiment and artistry, making the poem emotive and relatable. ‘Forever entwined, never to depart’ – this phrase is just the perfect ending. The poem leaves a lasting impression and a yearning for such powerful and enduring affection. Magnificent work! 
    LikeReply 120 days ago
  • AIDA
    Firstly, I must commend how beautifully you've crafted this poem. The emotional depth and profound theme leave a lasting impression. Your capacity to express complex emotions with such simplicity is striking. Particularly, your line "In three whispered words spoken to the heart" beautifully captures how deep and meaningful communication can be achieved with simplicity.

    Your poem carries a rich rhythm, and the rhyme scheme you've chosen flows naturally. It carries the reader effortlessly from one line to the next. What's also quite compelling is the raw, emotional journey you guide us through. From the pursuit of fame and fortune to the realization of love's value, it's a captivating narrative woven elegantly into concise verses.

    A suggestion for potential improvement would be to further elaborate on the "Three Whispered Words." The title implies that these words are central to your poem, yet they are not explicitly mentioned, which might leave some readers curious. Adding a bit more detail or hinting at what these words could be (even if you want to keep them as a mystery) might evoke a stronger reaction from your readers.

    Also, consider indulging a bit more in the transformational journey from seeking fame and fortune to discovering love. The transition in your poem is quite abrupt and could be smoother if you provide more details about this inner journey.

    Overall, a delightful poem filled with emotion and sincerity. I am excited to read more of your work. Keep writing and expressing your wonderful perspectives on life and love.
    LikeReply 121 days ago


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