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Tantalus

by Wayne Tate

With parched lips,
I gathered rain
into tin cups
just to throw it
at mud puddles

06/22/2009

Author's Note: I may go into detail one day; for now, it's a reminder... thanks for the space.

Posted on 06/22/2009
Copyright © 2019 Wayne Tate

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alison McKenzie on 06/22/09 at 06:05 AM

I like the need of this, and the disregard for the need in the end.

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 06/22/09 at 12:04 PM

This is awesome. I don't know why(maybe its my ADD),but I tend to gravitate poems like these with brevity of words but packed with meaning.The imagery and metaphor used here is just excellent.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 06/22/09 at 04:50 PM

An evocative piece. How often I put loads of energy into acquiring a few drops of the good stuff only to stupidly toss them with some ego-induced impulsivity.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 06/22/09 at 09:38 PM

A tease of well worded frustration and maybe even neurosis here. Love it!

Posted by Sarah Wolf on 06/23/09 at 12:30 PM

Cute... I like it...

Posted by Kris Mara on 06/24/09 at 02:44 AM

I love the simplicity in your words and the meaning(s) behind them if you're looking...it's one of those very real moments that is so much more -- or even not -- the duality of these moments in life is incredible and more incredible when someone can capture them (does that make sense? I sure hope so...)

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/26/09 at 03:03 PM

I know this feeling, but you have expressed it so much better than I could. Thank you.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 06/28/09 at 09:53 AM

This makes my brain itch. Very interesting.

Posted by Olivia Martin on 06/29/09 at 01:14 AM

Thank you, Wayne, for the reminder. To be honest, the title left me wondering (and exciting to look up my "word for the day"), and the simple, yet evocative choice of imagery left me nodding my head, sighing in agreement. Very well done.

Posted by Traci Mabats on 07/01/09 at 02:24 AM

I agree with Clara and think it is perfect and powerful just the way it is.

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