I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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8 July 2017

A Vain Pursuit


I search in facebook and my email box
in a vague play of eyes and finger-tips
for something – anything – I don’t know what.

Except I do. I want to smash the locks
that death instals so deftly: kiss the lips
of those I loved, as if alive. They’re not.

And friends I used to talk to when online
have nothing new to tell me now; their quips
and loving wisdom stilled, while bodies rot.
Likewise, they don’t absorb one word of mine,
though I pine.

Written for the curtal sonnet challenge at Poetic Asides
Also linking to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #371

26 comments:

  1. This, the fifth of yours I have read today, sings to me especially. Thank you for all of them.

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  2. It's just a phase. You are not alone. Communication will return.

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  3. I understand the search for what once was and is no more.....and the sad longing, knowing that it is gone forever.

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  4. I echo Mary. I resonate with that longing for that which was golden, now gone....but remembered as such an incredible gift. Sigh. Beautiful, Rosemary.

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  5. Yes, the longing touches to the core.

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  6. The digital footprint we leave behind lasts for a long time.. whether it brings comfort or pain to those who remain, am not sure... a poem for our times.

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  7. I can feel that search - i hope it is not in vain

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  8. In this era of technology, conversations are restricted despite the many gadgets we have.

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  9. Been there, done that. At times it has been in vain, that search. But sometimes, it does pay off. Hope your search ain't in vain...

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  10. I can feel the palpable longing in your verse.. sigh..

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  11. Hi Rosemary, I think many of us relate to this at some point in time. This is a lovely poem.

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  12. That elusive longing we all feel...you expressed it so beautifully.

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  13. This is extremely sad... mostly, because it holds so much truth. Your closing squeezed my heart.

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  14. Endings are hard, brutally hard, for those who are left behind.

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  15. Very telling and eloquent. I loved it!

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  16. Look ahead (keeping your dear memories of old), look ahead to future friendships and renewed communications

    Happy Sunday

    much love...

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  17. There is a sad longing in that vain pursuit and I think we feel it more as we age...

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  18. True wisdom is paused in this era, may people look beyond words and find the right path.

    Cheers
    MeenalSonal from AuraOfThoughts

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  19. I, too, long for those well-loved voices and laughter now stilled. As the pages turn in our book of life, each has their chapter and their special place in our memory. Beautifully expressed!

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  20. It is hard when doors close, there is true grieving in the search of something.

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  21. Powerful writing ... the longing and loss: palpable.

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  22. That final line is exquisite and true--but more importantly it clarifies the pattern of the poem like the final blocking of a fresh-knit shawl.

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  23. Powerful. I feel this way too sometimes.

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  24. You speak of longing, and sometimes one isn't really sure, for what?

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  25. I Can feel the pain while reading it.well written

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