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“Smoke on the Water” in Cincinnati on 12/6/15 as captured by Wayne Clause
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 I stand where I am
lost between worlds

the past is gone

the present space between 

a foggy future 

not fully workable

full of hard edges

struggling 

empty air

lack of conversation 

missing soft expression 

draining 

exhausting 

my fingers clasp wispy dream clouds 

of you

of love 

of home

of music

my tired hopes hang on by threads 

longing for what I want 

a home for living full of love and happy

building a life

eating food made with love

friendship filled with

silences

conversations 

passion

compassion 

touch to sooth our sore places

arms to hold and be held

keep me safe 

let me breathe a little easier

laugh a little

sing a lot

covering me 

surrounding me with love

❤️

AL

 

 APART OR TOGETHER

So much that was 

good in her, 

so much in me, 

cut off now 

from the future 

in which we 

grew together.
Now 

through the window 

of my new house 

that hawthorn’s 

crooked faithful 

trunk round 

an old and broken 

growth, 

my mouth dumb

and Dante’s voice

instead of mine 

from the open book.
‘Brother, our love 

has laid our wills to rest. 

Making us long 

only for what is ours 

and by no other thirst 

possessed.’
Our life not lived 

together 

must still 

live on apart, 

longing only 

for what is ours 

alone, 

each grow round the missed branch 

as best we can, 

claim what is ours 

separately,

though not forget 

loved memories, 

nor that life 

still loved by memory, 

nor the hurts 

through which we 

hesitantly 

tried to learn 

affection.
Our pilgrim journey 

apart or together, 

like the thirst 

of everything 

to find its true form, 

the grain of the wood 

round the hatched knot 

still straightening 

toward the light.

From

THE HAWTHORN

in

‘THE SEA IN YOU: Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love’

© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press

Now Available at davidwhyte.com

  

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