Harley White


As I Hunger - Poem by Harley White

As I hunger for food and for water thirst—
As I long for a lover, so now do I pray.
Let me free my brothers, so sadly accursed.
But to see them be happy— I live for that day.

How can I feel pleasure or earthly delight
While my loved ones still suffer? — Their anguish I share.
Oh, if I could save them from their lonely plight,
I would brave any hardship or go anywhere.

As a flower reaches toward the sun,
As the moon appears when day is done,
As the grasses sway when a zephyr blows,
From the depths of my heart this yearning flows.

If my wishes had wings I'd ride through the skies,
And with merciful joy I would light up the way
For my wild swan brothers. Oh, may I be wise! —
Let me save them from sorrow.— So now do I pray.

Topic(s) of this poem: song

Form: Lyric


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Song Lyric, from: One Two Three a Trilogy - Three - 'The Wild Swans' - a rendering in musical theater by Harley White - based on the Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen (1805—1875)

(Sung by Elyse)

Excerpts from Trilogy - click on 'Trilogy excerpts'…
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Illustration ~ from 'The Wild Swans' ~ by Vilhelm Pedersen

Comments about As I Hunger by Harley White

  • (4/14/2016 10:22:00 AM)


    hauntingly beautiful
    thanks Harley
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    Harley White Harley White (3/30/2017 6:18:00 AM)

    Thanks for your comment...

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  • Jacqueline Nash (7/25/2014 6:02:00 AM)


    Such a beautiful but sad poem, beautiful flowing words, very well written. Thank you. (Report) Reply

    Harley White Harley White (3/30/2017 6:19:00 AM)

    Thank you for your warm response...

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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