softly

You are gone and yet remain

beneath the search of anxious fingers

reading, learning, softly finding you


No longer here and yet you are

beneath my eyes, ever mapping you

waiting, quivering, softly shimmering


You have gone and yet remain

beneath a meeting, anticipating

kisses taking, giving, softly feeding


No longer here and yet you are

beneath the fire of heated whispers

panting, breathing, softly pleading


You are gone and yet remain

beneath the lunging, plunging cries

rising, sinking, softly dying


No longer here and yet you are

beneath the languishing, lingering scent

descending, mixing, softly blending


You are gone and yet remain

beneath the gasping, final vanishing

In you, beside you, softly with you


No longer here and yet you are

beneath remembered, secret interludes

reaping, sleeping, softly keeping.

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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

Very good. Voted up.


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sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

Beautiful images of remembrance, Arb. You have captured the longing in such a beautful way.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Yes. It's just too lovely and breathtaking for further elaboration. What a poet you are.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Beautiful poetry!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Sligobay, I thank you again today and a revered comment.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello neighbor. Xstatic, thanks for stopping by and as always, for the comment.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Nellieanna, your visit is elaboration. Thank you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

My visit took its usual delay to appear. Patience is the virtue most needed! :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you. Elaboration was further muffled by the delays in the visits showing up in the comment thread. sigh. Just glad it did! Perhaps it's a needed lesson in - patience. . . . I'm glad the message was transmitted intact!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

A picture of Beautiful words are now in my mind, thanks to your Wonderful Poetry Arb.


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swb78 4 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

I love your poetry. WP


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Hello b. Thank you.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

swb78, Thank you. I am humbled.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Sweet, beautiful, nostalgic. You have some beautiful phrasing in that poem! Many votes on this one!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you Victoria. My first attempt at epic poetry. I really enjoy it. You need a story to tell and I am not much at drumming up stories. An epic about nutrition and its impact on my dog and I isn't going to fly!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Very very beautiful. Voted UP and all.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

thank you so much for your visit and a very gracious comment.


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Hmmm... nostalgic.. like a deep longing.... sigh.. a feeling of someone filling your senses and yet psychically afar.. you have me raving ... Awesome!


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

What a glorious day! Another visit from shimmering dawn! I am again, delighted at your visit and the gracious comment.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

OK, now I feel odd, having skimmed the comments (longing, nostalgic, beautiful, sweet lovely). Not a single one of those words come to mind. I think it is an incredible poem. And we are adults, you are married, I was married.

I don't find it to be sweet or lovely at all. I think it is fiercely and passionately sensual and erotic, without in the least being vulgar or inappropriate. Am I misreading the poem? Are all the other hubbers being polite or careful? Have I lived alone too long and so read too much into things? Have I missed the mark entirely?

Well, whichever is the case, it is an intensely moving poem. Very well done.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

One of the most raw and driven passions belonging to the human spirit is obviously,sexuality. This was an expression of that part of our lives. It was meant to move that experience, as impossible as it is, to paper. It is sensual, it is erotic, it is real.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

I cannot top that sensual comment, I heard it loud and clear, well done! voted up and awesome,

Dusty


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

How are you my friend. I hope the critters are better company than the landscape provides these days. Thanks for the comment.

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