Treasure Island

TP Sage

(March 24,1958 / Coral Gables, Florida)

When I Look at You


when I look at you
i see an endless universe in your eyes
an infinite unimaginable beauty
that I could touch every day but might never hold
in your eyes i feel a consuming loneliness
a soft hunger, a quiet thirst
an invisible erosion that everyday
silently takes more of you away.
Your lips are silent
but they still whisper
the smoldering hiss of desire,
a pulsing cayenne ember of a passion
that will inflame the heart and mind of any man
fortunate enough to taste of their fire.
I sense, about you, the grey aura of loss
a loss of love, a loss of people, a loss of trust, a loss of belief
they do not belong to you, they belong to the past
and if you cling to them,
you will become what they are
a memory...
I hear the music of your beating heart
a cacophony of sound
cleansing laughter and dancing rain,
the pregnant pause of a tear
the startled joy of exclamation
angry rolling thunder
the caressing whisper of dreams
a symphonic, new age, one woman band
with a string section
and i have fallen in love with the composition.

Submitted: Friday, October 26, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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  • Lindan Anthony (6/15/2012 11:31:00 PM)

    Ripe imagery. Haunting phrasing. I was touched and for a moment hopeful... that yet, perhaps...Oh let me love with all my strength if I am careless enough to love again (Report) Reply

  • Debora Short (10/26/2007 2:36:00 PM)

    Powerfully haunting wisdom writing in a softly gentle light.
    A ten for sure and it goes on my fav list! (Report) Reply

  • Yvette Smith (10/26/2007 2:24:00 PM)

    Dear sage this is a lovely poem full of rich imagery like a painter catching the colours on his palete you build each complex emotion until they ripple and move across each other (Report) Reply

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