A Stirring

Touch by Andi♥/Flickr
Touch by Andi♥/Flickr

What is this state of being
I feel alive, but too alive
I am distractedly aware of my body
Every sense is heightened

I feel my skin rub against my clothes
I’m conscious of my hips as I walk
My heels on the brick pound in ears
The sun warms the top of my head

Fragrance finds my nose and I am lost in it
My fingers fondle my clothing absent-mindedly
For too long I stroke my coffee cup against my lip
Its bitter, then earthy as it burns down my throat

The people and their eyes
They all see me, I do not look away
And I smile, I can’t help it
I feel them engaging me

There is an unsettling here
A deep yearning for touch
An awakening ache from deep within
To feel and to be felt

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cblack 7 years ago from a beach somewhere

Nice poem.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Thanks cblack!


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Very nice poem. I like it.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Glad you liked it C.C.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

So, you're a poet too, and a good one! Hmmm. Who are you, mystery woman? If you're looking for a "feeler...."


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there

This is beautiful! It brings to mind a lot of great memories.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Chris, I am always looking. That's why she keeps me on a tight leash.

Thanks Shady Lady, I'm glad it stirred up good memories.


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Hey, I caught this in Hubtivity, how come I didn't get a mail to let me know about it?  Never mind, here I am now! 

Skin rubbing on clothes is indeed stirring! I'm not surprised she keeps you on a tight leash -- but you do realize, don't you, that the leash image is very stirring too?


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Elena you are deliciously naughty.


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

You don't know the half of it, Randy, but let me tone down, least we give the boys, and some of the girls, a full blown stroke!

On second thought, though, that doesn't sound like such a bad idea!  Laugh! 


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

Elena, I'm a baby in this environment but , oh so willing to learn.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Lovely seductive, sensuous vibes here describing how I have felt many a time.I like..this is my kind of poem yahoooo


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

So glad you like it blondepoet! Life can be a sensual feast.


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

This is a great poem. I totally identify with the feelings it evokes. I love that sense of "Timelessness" that comes at certain moments, making everything about the world come alive and become vibrant. I used to love the early morning of northern Minnesota because it evoked what your poem describes. Thanks for bringing me back to that place, if only for awhile.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

I'm glad you liked it Benjimester. As intoxicating as it is, if we felt like this all the time we'd never get anything done.


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean Author

You and I both, then. Thanks for commenting Bad.

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