THIRST



THIRST

It would be his last day,
and talking
had yielded already
to nods and gestures.

Simple requests
confused him,
even single words
were opaque.

The failure
of understanding
was dissolving
the room where he lay.

As dusk softened its edges,
whispered kindness
gave comfort,
revealed thirst to be

his ruling condition.
He drank deep
from the cup held for him,
felt brief and intense zest

return. The wave ebbed
and with it the thanks
that gave meaning beyond
his own body.

About this poem

I have been deeply affected by the deaths of dear friends during the years of the pandemic.

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Written on April 11, 2022

Submitted by david.cook34 on November 09, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCX XDXX XBBA XXXC XXDX XXXC
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 486
Words 103
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

David Graham-Cook

Retired psychiatrist. Have published three books, one of which is Translations of Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus. more…

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