It is at moments after I have dreamed

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Poem inspired by the title of E.E. Cummings poetic masterpiece, “It is at moments after I have dreamed.”

It is at moments after I have dreamed
of dulcet sighs
that accompany the unadulterated appearance of your smile,
that I gladly drownโ€”
nothing is better than luscious lips that offer respite
to a heart
that’s parched like a desert without shade and when a mind is dry
stumbling in pursuits (I am unable to thwart this feeling)
Such a state is mine,
your eyes are viridian, dark with desire
with a golden halo
around the pupil that only seems warmer in certain circumstances–
they give life to my poetic verses.
And I lie here listening to you breathe my name,
I wonder if you realize what it feels like to ache this way?
Distance is terrifyingโ€” amaranth lipstick marks on coffee mug emphasizes this;
it is at moments after I have dreamed
that I could write poem
after poem
about wanting you, but you know because you have already read them.
I await the arrival of Summer rain.

 

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Posted for Writers’ Pantry @ Poets and Storytellers United

38 Replies to “It is at moments after I have dreamed”

  1. Wow! The cummings poem is one of his most beautiful โ€“ and you have lived up to that inspiration in this exquisite poem of longing. (I’m glad that, whereas cummings’s piece is intensely sad by contrast with the dream, yours suggests a more hopeful future .)

  2. This is such a beautiful and passionate love poem, Sanaa! Youโ€™ve captured the moment with the โ€˜dulcet sighsโ€™ and โ€˜luscious lips that offer respiteโ€™. I love the detailed close-up of the loverโ€™s eyes, and the lines:
    โ€˜it is at moments after I have dreamed
    that I could write poem
    after poem
    about wanting you, but you know because you have already read them.โ€™

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