Sad Love Poem due to separation

The writer at 41, the time these three poems were written
The writer at 41, the time these three poems were written

 

Back in 1977 I spent a long and lonely year away from my wife.   There was no possibility of getting home.   At that time we we’re into the seventeenth year of our marriage – we celebrated our Golden Anniversary this year  (2010) -  and I missed her.   These poems, each of which might be alternately called a sad love poem, or a long distance love poem or simply short romantic love poems, were the result of this temporary parting.  Firstly a Sad Love Poem

Love

Love, the pleasure, pain, life:

Closeness, distance – of husband and wife;

Love, you, me, as we were

Before this parting did occur;

Close as thought: distant as a star

Love is as we shall be, as we are.

A group of my companions examine a storpedo of mail dropped from an RAAF Orion, our first mail for nine months.
A group of my companions examine a storpedo of mail dropped from an RAAF Orion, our first mail for nine months.

Short romatic poem

And one I’m sure came from Astral Travel during sleep. Short romantic love poems seemed the order of the day, for I wrote more than are shown here. It could also be called a:

Long Distant Love Poem

In dreams of intimacy that are really than real,

I ask you how you come to me.

Your reply: I came not to you,

My darling, you came to me

And when I awaken the dream still seems real,

Realer than reality – that’s how I feel...

No those are not pebbles.  Here, an A.N.A.R.E. expeditioner is looking down at the half-a-million strong King Penguin rookery at Lusitania Bay,  Photo courtesty of the writer.
No those are not pebbles. Here, an A.N.A.R.E. expeditioner is looking down at the half-a-million strong King Penguin rookery at Lusitania Bay, Photo courtesty of the writer.

And one I’m sure came from Astral Travel during sleep. Short romantic love poems seemed the order of the day, for I wrote more than are shown here. It could also be called a:

Long Distant Love Poem

In dreams of intimacy that are really than real,

I ask you how you come to me.

Your reply: I came not to you,

My darling, you came to me

And when I awaken the dream still seems real,

Realer than reality – that’s how I feel...

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alternate poet 6 years ago

Lonliness of the long distance lover - ex royal navy myself I can relate to these, nice and short too which makes them easier to read twice :)


kimmie 5 years ago

How beautiful. My husband is working away from home for the first time of our married lives. We have been married for 30 years and it's tough. He's back next summer. Looking forward to our Golden!


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leigh anns page 4 years ago from New Jersey

Beautiful. How hard it must have been to be separated from your love. I could not bear it.


Chamith 3 years ago

Another lovely poem! I viitsed you this morning to congratulate you on being nominated for The Inspiring Blog Award . You are very deserving of the award as you write some of the most beautful poetry i have seen! It is so uplifitng in spirit, and leaves such a sense of peace and serentity. May God continue to bless you and your gift that you may continue to touch and lift all of us! Have a blessed morning!


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goego 8 months ago from Loserland

Very nice writing- what type of work were you doing in these photos and for whom may I ask?


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Tusitala Tom 8 months ago from Sydney, Australia Author

I was a radio officer working for an Australian Government Department. A part of that department was the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) I was stations at Macquarie Island for twelve months.


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goego 8 months ago from Loserland

Thank you for your service- and what a great beard, sounded like quite an interesting adventure!

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