Jayl Morris

Freshman - 639 Points (April 23,1956 / St. Louis, MO)

Longing - Poem by Jayl Morris

Born longing
An infant wanting desperately to be loved
To be nurtured.
longing to be older.
To do the things
Children can not do.
to go where we were not allowed.
Longing shifts drastically
The teen years.
The longing becomes
Urgent- mandated
As Salmon to swim to far
Off places, perhaps
to never return.

Seeds can swim
Parents are laid,
Children born.
The bond of longing expands
Ever more deeply.
A do or die longing.
It is best to keep out of it's way.
But war has come like a dark cloud.
nearly killing every light.
Some parents are drawn in.
To be with those they love.
Where they are.
But can not be.

Distance makes the heart
Grow fonder.
I've found isn't always
The case.
Longing can break chains
Should it be tempted to stray.
Is fear the absence of
A longing unsatisfied.
Maybe on a beach,
A single shot is flung
A chest is interrupted.
A bird in flight

And longing
Will not always Pass
Away like a voice.
A passion of the soul,
May return to wander the ether
Still to be loved
Desiring to be nurtured.
To live again
To feel inside a love
Gone missing
For one more day with you.

Topic(s) of this poem: children, longing, love, marriage, war, war veterans

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The casualty's of war are not always the dead on the field by bullets nor bombs; but the lives torn apart at home by infidelity of the faithless heathen.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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