Treasure Island

Danny Draper

(14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

For the Longest Time


They wore it an each day shirt
Spring tide of native tongue,
Pollen grains dust 'n' fury
Ticked days fell from union,
And laid
for the longest time.

They chanced upon
The life cleft beauty,
Sullen indolent skin
Ambient with cold earth,
And talked
for the longest time.

They watched over
The dispersing elements,
Disinterested in transgressors
Detached from accusation,
And lingered
for the longest time.

They felt unsure
As marrow lost its days,
History laid and tattered
Fragmented perception,
And disconnected
for the longest time.

They looked away
From forlorn white bones,
Covered by time and its
Accreted specks,
And wondered
for the longest time.

They stayed snagged
Without desire of flight,
Above, below and throughout
Invigorated unseen essence,
And waited
for the longest time.

They saw hands
From a curtain drawn,
A malevolent form
Now at silent peace,
And understood
for the longest time.

They realised relief
From ageless consternation,
Unclenched all disbelief
Welcoming consideration,
And finally released,
Drifted away.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Edited: Thursday, July 25, 2013

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  • Diane Hine (7/27/2013 6:41:00 AM)

    You show appreciation and respect for spiritual beliefs which you don't share in this spellbinding poem with its gentle yet insistent pulse and soothing resolution. (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (7/5/2013 9:12:00 PM)

    A poem beautifully written, whose meaning is somewhat cryptic to the reader. The deep thoughts of a deep mind Danny. We thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (7/2/2013 7:47:00 PM)

    A magical flow of words with an unknown story behind. Beauty, sadness and now peace. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (7/2/2013 2:29:00 PM)

    Above my head too Danny - an explanatory note would have helped. But it is well crafted and enigmatic. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (6/30/2013 4:33:00 AM)

    A challenging read indeed!
    so one can take a due advantage of the statement that poetry is open to interpretation depending on the whims of the readers...when i didn't get anything from the poem, i resorted to comments, which are written neutral, denying any clue to what it is all about...now i think some weaving about the lives of those who are suppressed beings in any capacity, politically suppressed i suppose...and they too in an attitude of a long caged bird which has lost the art of flight, and the will to escape! ! ! (it is all supposed, might be wrong completely) , but for the poem, its language is reader-friendly, when you start you end it too! ! ! thanks! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (6/30/2013 4:02:00 AM)

    An elegant and softly flowing poem like silver water. Your use of language so beautiful that I just drifted away 10/10 BB (Report) Reply

  • Benjamin Michael Clark (6/29/2013 9:30:00 AM)

    Nice Ending. I really like the language here. Your choice of words is perfect and I'll be listing this one as one of my favorites. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (6/28/2013 5:49:00 PM)

    Challenging poem! I read careful and wonder who are they? Asking myself: human? ..naah too nicely described also they always have a great desire of flight. Could be some sort of seeds or many other things, what about trees? Worms? Ashes? Gee, this is quite beautiful and deep, read it again and again each time will blow my mind away! Giving up I may never guess the right answer. Great food for thought, thank you for share! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (6/28/2013 10:04:00 AM)

    Agreed with all here, deep and beautiful...as much look alike a valley with hidden treasure...have to read many times to feel it..lovely and deep_SOul (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/28/2013 7:40:00 AM)

    With your explanation, now I get the beauty of the poem! Indeed esoteric and too deep for the average! This is above ranking! Thanks for the kind comments.... Danny! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (6/28/2013 2:51:00 AM)

    As Bob has rightly put, this is too deeeep! ! I made some vain efforts to explicate it.... but still remains elusive! From the state of remaining stagged without desire of flight, finally they got relieved from ageless consternation! A positive note? ? (Report) Reply

  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (6/26/2013 8:10:00 PM)

    A very useful usagethey detached from accusations and lingered for the longest timeA tension fee life is the shortcut to long lifespan. Godd poem with sound meaning (Report) Reply

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