it does not suffice

I cannot rise
from this bewildered bed
to moons
you do not wander beneath
to stars
that do not light
the tread of your feet
on the stairs
I cannot rise
to the familiar roads
brushed by the winds
you do not follow
and wonder
that you will never
pass these plains again
I cannot rise
to span this cavity
without the breath of you
beside me
I cannot rise
wrapped in remembering
against never
it does not suffice

© Sarah Whiteley

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11 thoughts on “it does not suffice

  1. beautiful imagery and emotions are well conveyed. good writing. makes me miss your old header image….of the clouds and stars. your poems are usually very spacial and you use the images of the moon and stars and sun so well.

    1. I’m glad you’ve made the connection to the spatial aspect… I very much believe in the influences of our environments upon us and vice versa… it’s such a beautifully profound thing

      I think I miss the clouds header as well… we’ll see… I may bring it back down the road

  2. This is lovely poetry;-

    “I cannot rise
    to the familiar roads
    brushed by the winds
    you do not follow
    and wonder
    that you will never
    pass these plains again

    It reminds me a little of Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) trying to explain her feelings about Mr Darcy to her sister Jane;-

    “I don’t know, can’t explain it. I know I shall probably never see him again, I cannot bear to think that he is alive in the world and thinking ill of me.”

    Your poem has a sense of loss that goes so deep that the writer’s whole world is changed by it. Very good and very effecting!

  3. What a delightful discovery this morning—new bloggers commenting on my page, yours being one, and such a treat to come here to read your words and thoughts. Thank you so much for your visit. This is another blog I must frequent!

  4. Beautiful. I loved the distance and space conveyed. It reflects the certain sadness of realizing you will never see or be with someone again. Glad I found you!

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