What Does It Want?

What does it want?

There is a part of me that can’t shake
sadness;
that hears the rise of the mourning dove
as fall;
that substitutes for throat
but will not be slaked–

What does it want– this ache?

For everything that’s been
to have been
all right.

To lay down upon a lap
as if it were a head
that might be stroked.

To not be a head
that is thinking, thinking,
but a body of that water
that laps gently
and doesn’t churn.

And to have you, my sometimes world,
hold me 
in earthen arms.

In the reeds that grow about us,
red-winged blackbirds nest;
just above, swallows swallow.

 

 

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Poem for open link platform on Real Toads (http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com)

Drawing is mine.  It’s a bit more complicated than I’d like, ha.

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18 Comments on “What Does It Want?”

  1. kanzensakura Says:

    For everything that’s been
    to have been
    all right…..oh my yes…


  2. “To not be a head
    that is thinking, thinking,
    but a body of that water
    that laps gently
    and doesn’t churn.”

    Oh yes how I would like to be that a while.

  3. hypercryptical Says:

    I echo Susie and I love the drawing!
    Anna :o]

  4. ayala Says:

    Truly a beautiful poem!

  5. Jim Says:

    Literally,
    Tonight my ache, it wanted a bandaid
    It’s a mean sore that doesn’t ever go away
    Wanted a scratch at first, that made it bleed
    I could reach where to scratch but could not see
    My help comes on two legs with eyes to see
    Wiped the blood and ‘swoosh’, bandaid has been placed.
    ..

  6. Rosemary Nissen-Wade Says:

    Such deep nostalgia! (With its own sweetness while it pertains.) Perhaps that is all that’s left to us. 😦


  7. “To not be a head
    that is thinking, thinking,
    but a body of that water
    that laps gently
    and doesn’t churn.”

    Sigh.. beautifully poignant!


  8. A gorgeous painting that makes me feel the underlying sadness that is in many of us. Maybe it is that longing that CS Lewis talks about.

  9. Kerry Says:

    Karin, your poem brings tears to my eyes because I so empathize with the content that it feels like the words could have been written for me alone. It’s a poem I want to keep. It’s a poem any poet would be proud of, so closely does it relate human experience.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Kerry. This is one I worked on a little while, cutting quite a bit from the original version to make it more effective. I can get awfully discursive if not reined in! Thanks again. K.

  10. Candy Says:

    love the thought of that gentle body of water

  11. Sherry Marr Says:

    Karin, this is an exceptionally beautiful and relatable poem. Sigh. Just lovely. Your image accompanies it perfectly.


  12. “but a body of that water
    that laps gently
    and doesn’t churn.”

    lovely – as is the drawing – love the colors and I’m a fan of barn swallows…


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