By The Water

Finger skimming a bare ripple

Across still water’s reflection

My desire overflows its cup

Droplets ringing like glass

Ripples rebounding in cross currents

In the silence


She darts away submerged in her world

Leaving me wishing that I could swim

Like that


Noticing the obstruction

I pull desire off with my hand

Jagged chunks like cinders

Come off with a slight ripping sound

Leaving little

Soon healed wounds


If you leave petrified desire

Attached to the spinning golden sphere

It is a blade that cuts the heart

And the memory of oneself

Until you are un-free

To love or be


The cinders of desire

Shine like little burned meteorites

Crashed into the bank of the healing river

Where she swims

Away so fast


The still water

And the lovely creature

Swimming there in my memory

I smile and walk freely

Into the forest

Of others


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Perhaps the forest is for the wise and the water for the questioning. You'll find me, like her, in the water! (loved this BTW)


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

I think there is no difference between the Wise and the Questioning. For if the wise do not question, they are not wise; and the questioning, by questioning, display wisdom.

Thank you, wise one. :)


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

So I get to be wise and wet? Cool!


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

What could be better?


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

Beautiful composition, superb imagery, evocative metaphors.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Outstanding!~ Flag up and awesome.


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

A wonderful captivating read, Loved it!!


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Your description of ripples fascinated me. This was a beautiful piece.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Ripples are an interesting phenomenon, aren't they? So simple, yet hypnotic to the eye and mind. Thank you.

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