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tempest after storm

cool breeze after rain
the clouds scatter    stars glimmer
come  love  lie with me

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015

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on the verge of sinking: a memory (for Lan)

even in my inner workings  rain falls
across a life as yet unknown
the winds of caprice push me onward
they drive forward this heart of mine
filled like a child’s with cake and cream
and these drops on my cheeks
are they tears or pieces
of wayward and fallen clouds
I know not    oh dear woman  it’s hard
to think    my pen’s fallen silent   yet
like lightning the thought has struck me
that I dwell at the core of some great country
made of dreams so alluring and pleasing
but dreams withal    again there strikes me
the force of another notion:
you go bearing with you this realm
so congenial built from your beauty
and my desire   from our gestures   our love
oh dearest I write this
as the boat crosses the waves roiling
the Bay of Nha Trang    how much at nature’s
mercy is this poor craft of ours
how much our joy depends upon
your answer to my mute question hidden
behind the words in every poem of mine
behind every kiss and every touch
speak now please or we go under
you  the vessel and I…

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2015

waiting in the wings

night’s curtain rises
desire and dreams fill the stage
love steals the limelight

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2014

hummingbirds

oh hummingbird hovering near blossoms
how much you are like me who tremble
near this beauty whose pawn I am
we are two captives to desire
two minions of love    may such bondage
never end    such thralldom last forever

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2014

entreaty in springtime

you  the victory of beauty
and I   I am as old as the earth
but younger than desire
oh victory of beauty
without pity overwhelm me
I who am as old as earth
yet younger than desire

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2014

nightmare

my heart’s wrapped
in the mist on the bay
the sharks of time and desire
tear at me    across the frenzied waves
do you hear my screams coming toward you?

my love is about to go under
in a sea of uncertainty
it’s afloat for the last time
like a petal fallen on stormy waters

will you mourn for my hope
shattered on the rocks
of too much longing?

by then I will have become
a barnacle   its entrails ripped out
by the force of the tides
by the spite of sun and moon and salt
with your foot distractedly
you’ll turn it over on the shore

I’m dying here among the shiny remains
of an unrequited love
‘I never learned your secret name’
is my only thought as I descend
into the murky depths of oblivion

the sharks whisper in my ear:
welcome, forsaken lover

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

a sonnet of sorts

if your body were the earth   oh
what desires to be rooted would I have!
or if you were a snare,
what a wild beast I would be!
but you are but yourself
a world of silences
and I?  I am an ear
the strings of a guitar
waiting for you to touch me
so
silence and sound together
to be music
but now  who keeps silent?
and now  who quivers?

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013