The Longing!



Drip by awesome drip

Translucent freshness, rare delight

Upon the thirsty tip

Of tongue, the sweet sum of sight

Has no ecstacy here

That to this unravaged vital need

A beauty can compare.

I have wanted you since the first seed

of life spun in me breath

I want you since deserts parched me

And withered trees to death

My lips lust longingly to drink free

Every precious drop
I beg the skies and seas to conserve
Or expire me this sop
And me. Upon my tongue, O preserve
Love's last memory  of water fresh

In the heart's dehydrated mesh.

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Submitted on July 07, 2013

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Scheme A B A B X C X C D E D E FGFGH H
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 517
Words 100
Stanzas 14
Stanza Lengths 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 5, 1

David Smalling

I have been writing poems since I was 12 years; but writing had been my blanket for loneliness since age 11. My father died when I was 13 and poetry was my therapy for pain since then. Only I wanted the world to think, feel, laugh, but not cry. I had been forgotten in the grief of my father's death because everyone else needed the consolation I did not get. I became the even more the withdrawn loner, and saw a world more aggressively hostile. Books became my better friend and drove me deeper into academic seclusion. I wrote thousands of poems everywhere: on rocks, trees, sand, and all over house and school - this was how I interrogate the world, and how I weep alone. Poetry was my quest and comfort. I trusted paper and pen and spoke my truths to them above all else. Yes, I am graduate, a business major, a science major, an humanities major ... still searching for consolation, love, security, and joy obtained in poetry. Then again Jamaica is such an ideal place to live as a poet; the history and memories, juxtaposed against the world, is pure inspiration. more…

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