Mark Doty

Maryville, Tennessee
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The Embrace

Rating: 3.4
You weren't well or really ill yet either;
just a little tired, your handsomeness
tinged by grief or anticipation, which brought
to your face a thoughtful, deepening grace.

I didn't for a moment doubt you were dead.
I knew that to be true still, even in the dream.
You'd been out--at work maybe?--
having a good day, almost energetic.

We seemed to be moving from some old house
where we'd lived, boxes everywhere, things
in disarray: that was the story of my dream,
but even asleep I was shocked out of the narrative

by your face, the physical fact of your face:
inches from mine, smooth-shaven, loving, alert.
Why so difficult, remembering the actual look
of you? Without a photograph, without strain?

So when I saw your unguarded, reliable face,
your unmistakable gaze opening all the warmth
and clarity of you--warm brown tea--we held
each other for the time the dream allowed.

Bless you. You came back, so I could see you
once more, plainly, so I could rest against you
without thinking this happiness lessened anything,
without thinking you were alive again.
COMMENTS
Chinedu Dike 28 October 2019
Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insightful work of art. Thanks for sharing, Mark. Remain enriched.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 February 2016
A meaningful and thought provoking soliloquy. with steadily flowing emotions. Thanks for sharing.10 points.
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Susan Williams 08 February 2016
Excellent excellent writing. It is like we are overhearing his thoughts- not like he is busily constructing poetry for an outsider to read- -very natural flow and bears such confusion, such pain, such love, such a search for truth
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M Asim Nehal 08 February 2016
Nice thought provoking poem...Why so difficult, remembering the actual look of you? Without a photograph, without strain?
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Edward Kofi Louis 08 February 2016
To embrace the muse of love and to respect nature. Thanks for sharing.
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* Sunprincess * 31 May 2014
.............a beautiful tribute to a loved one....
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