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Distant Lover

by Tony Whitaker

Locked on bended knee

On hands together pressed

A chin rests
“Lord please…”

But wait

I end before I begin

The movers come on Monday

To ship our lives away

Packed among the furniture

Packed among the bric-a-brac

Packed among our love-filled days

Of our fifteen year cache

Next week my wife

Goes away

To taste her

Swiss appointed role

And for some time

I shall see

Her smiling presence


Some say,

"Three months won't seem so long..."

To see my wife again

But if that were so,

My misinformed friends,

Do I miss her before she goes?

But at the end of this

Thorned and narrow path

She will sow my seed of suffering

Where our flower

Soon shall bloom

So my friends

Let's begin again

Down on my knees

I pray,

"Protect my wife

Until I stroke

Her soft and silken skin

Sating all her needs"”


Posted on 01/12/2008
Copyright © 2021 Tony Whitaker

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by A. Paige White on 01/12/08 at 08:40 PM

This is so beautiful, Tony. ...sigh... such love!

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 01/12/08 at 08:48 PM

This is a REALLY REALLY good time to just stay in the moment - THIS moment. I know that feeling of anticipating missing someone, and it's sooo hard because it can threaten to darken the moments you have left with them. So, this is your one piece of unsolicited advice today :-)....*hugs* to both of you, and lots of love.

Posted by David Garner on 01/12/08 at 09:26 PM

I love this poem. I love the way you address such a longtime and present love in your life soon becomes a distant lover. Very beautiful and well-crafted.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/12/08 at 10:06 PM

Nicely written. You can do this, and you have something splendid to look forward to.

Posted by Max Bouillet on 01/13/08 at 12:21 AM

Love and longing painted in words and wrapped in hope. I hope your prayers are answered. :)

Posted by Alisa Js on 02/12/08 at 06:18 AM

Beautifully told and full of love pouring over from your romantic soul... aloha to you and yours for all time.. alisa ;-)

Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 09/20/08 at 01:35 PM

This just took my breath away. If someone asked me what I would consider "love", this would be a starting point. Thank you for expressing this one.

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