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,

Pause,
Now.

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…

You.

So while you consume
These words,

This is all I ask…

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

Then stop.

Now,
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.

So…

Read this verse
With your eyes,

But I beg you…

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

Just there,

Just there

Between the lines.

© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

11 thoughts on “Between The Lines

  1. 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: https://cafephilos.blog/2018/08/19/i-want-your-heart-to-rise/

    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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