Longing (reimagined)

she knew something of longing
that soul ache
aroused without warning
tears that well up unbidden
phantom hand squeezing
her heart
her lungs
leaving her robbed of breath
she knew something of longing
that indefinable
endless need
for something
she knew something of longing
depthless loneliness
whether alone
or surrounded by a crowd
never fully seen
never fully heard
never truly revealed
perhaps she sought
curious eyes of a stranger
on the city street
in the bookstore
the coffee shop
that would look into
her deepest
darkest
corners
and choose
not
to look away. . .

 

© 2017 Revised 2019 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

5 comments

      1. A valid worry that reminds me of a song by Donovan:

        “People Used To”

        People used to get together round a fire
        Fishes were cooked, songs were sung
        Moonlight used to guide our way home in the dark
        Do you find it hard remembering?

        And still you people tell me life is easy to get on with
        But what I’ve got so far’s enough to get along with
        People tell me that it’s so oh – oh
        I don’t know anymore, I don’t know

        People used to get together round a problem
        Eyes were looked at tongues were true
        People used to stop and say how do you do
        Do you find it hard remembering?

        And still you people tell me life is easy to get on with
        But what I’ve got so far’s enough to get along with
        People tell me that it’s so oh – oh
        I don’t know anymore, I don’t know

        People used to spend an hour making tea
        Easy easy was the rule
        People used to pause to think and contemplate
        He who hurried was the fool

        And still you people tell me life is easy to get on with
        But what I’ve got so far’s enough to get along with
        People tell me that it’s so oh – oh
        I don’t know anymore, I don’t know

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