by Richard Vince

Please say something before
I fade away again...
You are always in my vision
In one way or another, but
I know I fade into your
Background most days.

When I was young,
I used to write of loneliness;
Somehow this is darker,
Quieter, less welcoming than
That old feeling that
Removed the colour from the world.

This has gone on long enough
For me, but you seem
To revel in it, to find
An acidic enjoyment hidden
Somewhere in what this is,
To be feeding on the fruits
Of these seeds you
Plant inside me.

Let this end. Allow
Your feet to turn
Upon their heels, and to
Haul you gradually away
From this mist that
Engulfs me, turning
Days and nights to
Indistinguishable collections of
Monochrome monuments
Strewn haphazardly around
This life of mine that
Is no longer my own.

Permit us both to
Take our leaves and
Shelter from the burning Sun
That dazzles all eyes.
Find your peace
So that I might find mine.


Posted on 04/05/2005
Copyright © 2022 Richard Vince

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Michelle Angelini on 04/08/05 at 07:18 PM

Richard, I enjoyed this poem so much. It speaks of a longing to be free and to find peace. The 4th stanza gives the idea of confusion and entrapment with the words you use, so I suggest deleting the last line. Good work!

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