Drifting Desire

Arias carry me along the sea

a thought drifted on timber inspirations

and ripples of mistakes

no muse to show the way

—-no trail in the endless deep

—-unaware of the drink, the drift

leading still beneath the sun

a projection of bare foot

longing for the stories

sunsets never told.

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Run Away

We reach for the sun

yet our boughs burn before its touch

hundreds withering at the notion

of honestly having our desires.

Only in shadows do we dance

chasing love out of our hands

chasing ourselves into

another winter’s night.

Close at Hand

Where you touched me–silk,
the milk of our desire,
yoked yearning from the ilk:
heart–they called it fire–
the infinity of which might host
ashen fractions of the passion, sired
by a touch, a look unseen by most
unbound by sea or land–
the knowing when I sleep
you breathe beside this silent hand,
and I am no stranger, too far, too deep.

Of Longing

1869 Carbon print of Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron.

For this week’s quote, a sensual tidbit from the master poet of old, Alfred, Lord Tennyson…

“Half the night I waste in sighs,

Half in dreams I sorrow after

The delight of early skies;

In a wakeful dose I sorrow

For the hand, the lips, the eyes,

For the meeting of the morrow,

The delight of happy laughter,

The delight of low replies.”

~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Quotes for the Soul

Today, and to start off this week, as I find myself in something more of a reflective mood, I leave you with a few quotes from someone I personally admire very much: the Dalai Lama. May you all have a wonderful week to come!

“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”

“Peace does not come through prayer, we human beings must create peace.”