Sometimes I need

…the shower of August sun,

On my feet

Scorching my toes' tender flesh,

Yet warming the untouched cold within...

My soul

 

To be held close to another

Feel the beat of a heart against my back

Wrapped tightly, bound by arms and legs

This I sometimes need

 

And the acceptance of others

Acknowledgement when I arrive

A craving to be desired

In strangers’ eyes

Only sometimes—

That’s what I need

 

Safety, stability

Protection

The kindness of a smile or

Sweet words spoken, written

Without prompt

When I’m silent

Lost in past horrors undreamed

By those present

It is only this I need

 

Sometimes—

I need

 

But most are as ignorant

As last summer’s blinding Sun

He doesn’t know, nor care

When my skin aches for His rays

He cannot rule the clouds who randomly

Block His power

 

And much the same is this fickle lover of mine

Unable to open arms wide enough to invite me within

Or close them tight enough to shut out the enemies

Just for a moment

It’s only sometimes that I need

 

On the street—passers-by

Don’t give a damn

Think nothing of breathing shared air

So close—they can see the speckles in my hazel eyes

And I, theirs

They cannot be bothered to return a glance,

Nod of head in realization

That I am there

Lovers, strangers, those linked by familial blood

All elementary the same

 

Therefore, I am thankful

It is only sometimes I need

And that I harbor no bitterness

Am able to swallow the sourness

Of a moment’s sadness

 

Understanding that maybe I can be

Someone else’s daystar of warmth,

Embrace another desperate for touch,

Speak the words I’ve longed to hear—

Because I know…

Sometimes others are in need


Comments:
 
GlennMcCrary   GlennMcCrary wrote
on 11/7/2009 1:07:02 PM
I agree with Michele's comments. :)

Michele   Michele wrote
on 8/20/2009 9:02:56 PM
Some are givers, some takers--sadly the givers so often are not reciprocated. With time I grew not to need so much--not even sometimes. Not so sad--just acceptance that comes with time. I remember needing this way....now I'm accustomed to expecting little in return, with no bitterness.

Jan   Jan wrote
on 8/20/2009 7:48:38 PM
i like the last stanza the most..inspiring in a sense..despite the bad things in this world, you still want to be a "light" to someone..nice!

Trenchtownrock   Trenchtownrock wrote
on 8/20/2009 5:52:49 PM
This is a nice piece of introspection..looking deep within and despite all challenges becoming selfless for the greater good..well done..

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