A Firefighter, To His Love
by Ken Harnisch
Dont ever let the stone-faced visage fool you
Or the sorrow in my silent eyes deter
I would happily succumb just to embrace you
And let the dammed up tears begin to stir
I might shudder in your arms, just like a baby
And splatter wild words against your breast
I might sob for countless hours, or just maybe
I will merely go to sleep and take my rest
I have cried inside at all the great destruction
I have breathed the noxious fires at the core
I have led the frightened crowds without instruction
And tomorrow, I will go back there for more
But tonight, I need the tenderness you give me
Tonight I need the balm that is your soul
Tonight I need your love, so, love, forgive me
I am lost, and scared myself, and feeling old
But when the mornings sunrise finds me rested
And when your tender lips have touched my cheek
I will know my weary heart, which has been tested
Will have found the gentle respite that I seek
And when the smoke is vapor, and forgotten
And when the ruined stone is swept away
I will know these wounds were not so ill begotten
And cherish you, who saw me through the day
Author's Note: an Ode to the FDNY and the ones at home who kept them going, when all the going was to hell. Written on 9/28/01 in New York City, NY.
Posted on 10/24/2002
Copyright © 2021 Ken Harnisch
|Member Comments on this Poem|
|Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 10/25/02 at 12:50 AM|
One of the most passionate poems I've read in a long while, Ken, no matter who inspired it. Let Shakespeare stand straight up from his grave!
|Posted by Kate Demeree on 10/25/02 at 01:44 AM|
There are teardrops and more upon my cheek... and the silence is indeed deep... this is one of my favorits...
|Posted by Melissa Arel on 10/28/02 at 01:15 AM|
Its been a while since I have been able to get on Pathetic but I must praise you, Ken, for your words have swept me away.. this is amazing. I love it!
|Posted by Rhodora M Fitzgerald on 03/17/03 at 05:18 PM|
You write with such heart Ken! I loved this!
(I work with a lot of volunteer fire fighters and I know they'd love this too.) I really like your writing style!