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by Bet Yeldem

i drove out from desert to ocean
like liquid adrenaline
breathless and determined
just like you
running off to rainforest lands
like butterflies on steroids
in magnificent chaos

i half-expected to find you
glistening with sunset
bobbing on a surf board
when i got to the beach
waiting for the perfect swell
to ride limitless freedom

i have entire conversations
in my head with you
when i arrive at my destination
i always sit too long in the car
waiting for the song to finish playing
smiling because wherever you are
you’re singing along

so i picture you here
a hologram in the passenger’s seat
memory’s projection
of poetry personified

we looked at each other in ways
we could never explain
but always understood
(though the world never would)
that was enough
and that was all

eyes telling secrets and lies
daring truth only in the dark
under the hint of starshine or nightlights
under the halo of words
contact was only fleeting
and always too pure
it shook us to the core
with electric tension
and we liked to walked along its edge
growing feathers

our hands and lips knew each other
without knowing
our hearts and souls born whole
in some life
torn in this one

in simple sun showers i see monsoons
in light fog i see thick dust storm tornadoes
every azalea bush is a cactus
every sea oat is a tumbleweed
the white sand dunes are mini mountains
the crashing waves roll me forever
to and away from you
ebb and flow
lives lived
living on

i’ve learned what missing you means


Posted on 03/14/2010
Copyright © 2024 Bet Yeldem

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/14/10 at 07:53 PM

Very poinient- loved the imagry. Well crafted- the last line really got to me. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Charlotte Smith on 03/15/10 at 01:37 AM

Beautiful imagery. I absolutely loved it - and it takes me a lot to say I "love" anything involving so much nature.

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