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An Inch


On a fading sight of beauty
An inch away from tenderness
An inch a way from deadness
Or inch away to sleep against thy bosom
Mad about the false world
And the long wet grasses longing for the sun
An inch

Of the fading beauty, there is hope
But Inch away from it
The unknown deep calm eyes
The slow silent breath
And the glory years of this summer remind me of death
Departing me from thy bleeding heart
But again inch away from it
Inch away from the forbidden kiss
Inch away from blind dreams
And Inch away from the whispering death
An inch

Across the pavement in the night
On the edge of griefless beauty sight
I remember the vile blur words
So weak, so little
But the inch of stillness so brittle
I remember the holding of hands
So soft, so tight
But the inch of frightening kiss of bit
But inch away from it
An inch

Submitted: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Edited: Monday, September 05, 2011

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  • Rookie - 379 Points Lenny Camacho (9/25/2014 10:04:00 PM)

    words as long as an inch can travel miles and touch someone's heart beyond the soil one steps on... beautiful gift you've made us... thanks (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,634 Points Terry Craddock (9/25/2014 5:46:00 PM)

    The moral must be 'a frustrating inch away from that which we desire may as well be a mile' and for those of us who often suffer from insomnia an inch away from sleep is deeply distressing. An inch away from love, seems like a knife etch for any afraid to take the final leap or afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. Loved the deeply moving images of 'An Inch' too far to obtain. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 769 Points Bernard Snyder (9/25/2014 2:48:00 PM)

    Very nice poem. Well-deserved vote for 'Poem of the day! ''but the inch of stillness so brittle'...Awesome! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,353 Points Kay Staley (9/25/2014 10:06:00 AM)

    An inch away from being a real poem because of the lack of rhyme scheme. Nice ideas..nice stream of consciousness style. Good vocabulary. Needs a few more little bits of clarity within the inches of perplexity. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Cosmic Dreamer (4/27/2011 3:24:00 PM)

    Emotions are what guide us through lifes journey... The ability to capture them for all eternity in the form of the written word is truly an art... Congratulations... I love your poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elizabeth Mpanga (4/26/2011 2:22:00 AM)

    reminds me of a broken heart that longs for that lost love but is gripped with so much fear, they can only dream and wish.

    this is so heart felt.

    keep writting sweetheart. this is so full of passionate reasonace (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jenny Gordon (1/22/2011 1:28:00 PM)

    Very fascinating. I love how you've captured the barest escape with the repeated reminder of a mere inch and inching away. Delightful. Intriguing as well....seemingly referring to forbidden pleasures. I enjoyed how you depicted it all so cleverly with just an 'inch'....Excellent! (Report) Reply

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