Between The Lines

With your eyes,
Read my words,
Study the structure,
And tempo,
Of this verse.

Accept at face value
The overt message
Of the phrase
And dictionary-defined meaning.

But please,


You know that there are constraints
Shackling me
In this moment.

You know that there are obstacles
Lying before me,

Preventing me
From saying all that
I want to say,

Obstructing my reach
And closure
And culmination
With my true love…


So while you consume
These words,

This is all I ask…

Read this verse,
With your eyes
In the context
Of everyday routine.

Then stop.

With your heart,
Read between my literal lines,

There is so much more
I want you to know,

Listen for my whisper,

Hear my true
And complete message
Of how much I need you,
And desperately want to hold you.


Read this verse
With your eyes,

But I beg you…

And absorb with your heart
The things that
I can’t say here,
That I can’t say…

Just there,

Just there

Between the lines.

© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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11 thoughts on “Between The Lines

  1. Beautifully romantic and touching.

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    1. So special to me that it touched you.

      Thanks so much Marta!!!

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      1. You are kindly welcome.

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  2. Between the lines, spaces between heartbeats. Intervals between seconds. Some of my favorite phrasing 🤗

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    1. It’s beautiful!!

      Really well done.

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  3. I love the rhythm of this, Bill. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks Susan! Really appreciate it!!

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  4. I liked it, Bill. It was to me a fresh approach to an old and worn subject, the love poem. I liked how you didn’t strain for new words or imagery, but for a fresh approach altogether.

    I posted a love poem today in which I think I took — at least to me — a fresh approach, but I salute yours for being a bit more creative. Here’s a link to mine, if you’re interested:

    Reading the poem, I did have a thought — what if she didn’t love us? Would such a poem move her to? But then I further thought, would we want her love if it were only prompted by a poem, and ran no deeper.

    Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Thanks for the note and comments Paul! And, I look forward to reading your work!

      I believe that you’re spot on with your last comments. The words might help start a flame, but that fire would die quickly without more substantive emotional fuel. Yes?

      Thanks again for your interest in my work!


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