An Echo Of Your Emptiness

Since you’re
No longer in my life,
I shouldn’t care anymore,
Should I?

But yet,

I find myself dwelling
On your photo…

Tawny, lush hair,

Dark, rich eyes,

Mysterious,
Sensual,
Captivating.

You,
Apparently,
Believe that I
No longer need you,
Or care for you.

Or maybe the circumstances
Are too challenging,
Too daunting,

The distance…
Simply too far.

My situation
Too complex.

Those issues,
I do not dispute.

I have no simple answer,
Nor emergent remedy.

Maybe you wonder,
As well,
If I still think of you.

Maybe you wonder
If others have taken your place.

Maybe you wonder
If I’ve moved on.

This,

My love,

Is all I can tell you.

Every single second,
Of every single day,
I dream of you.

My day begins
With you,
And concludes
With you.

My dreams,
And fantasies,
Are fueled by you,
And only you.

I cannot change the now,
Just yet.

I need time,
To sort out these challenges
That I face.

All I ask,
All I beg for,

Is that you will hold on,

Just hold on to one
Tiny ember of us,

Just enough
To re-kindle our flame,
When fate allows.

If you wander now,
In a void,

If you wonder
What path
Your life will take,
And struggle
To see
The way ahead…

Then

Know that your pain,
Now,
Is my pain as well.

If you’re lonely,
If tonight you feel empty,
If you wish
That there was more,

More to love,

More to life,

Know that
I am here,
Feeling that same pain.

Maybe,
In some way,

Though so far apart
Physically,

Emotionally we are
Together,
Bound by a common longing,
Reflecting the same sadness.

Maybe,
Just maybe,

I’m an echo,

An echo

Of your emptiness.

© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

22 thoughts on “An Echo Of Your Emptiness

    1. Thanks Stella!!! Life always has its ups and downs, doesn’t it? We just need to have a steady hand and continue to move ahead….one step at a time.

      And that, my friend, is all we can do…yes?

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      1. That is true! And if we did have those ups and downs it wouldn’t be much fun I suppose. Who knows, I don’t have it figured out. But Love… Bill, it’s worth it, even when it hurts.

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      2. It’s been spectacular! I, however, am stuck inside now doing my company work.

        Soon,
        Very soon,
        I’ll be done and move to my front step for my bourbon, poetry writing, and sunset consumption.

        Can’t wait!!

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    1. I struggled with that a little, as I knew the reader would have to pay close attention to my thoughts…

      But I went with it regardless.

      I just loved the way the sounds played when I read it aloud.

      And, my friend, that’s what I always do before I post.

      I’m glad you were willing to work with me through that challenge!!

      😊

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      1. Of course! I’m a great lover of words – spoken, written, and sung. Just… the artistry of both shape on paper (or screen) and sound (produced and received).

        I have a private little chuckle when people sing “I wonder as I wander” and it all sounds the same. Of course, it’s pretty difficult to make those vowels clearly different because “uh” is so close to “ah”. You basically just open your mouth more on one, which is difficult to remember to do since we don’t really tend to differentiate the two when speaking. And now we’ve hit upon another of my nerdy passions! haha

        Reading aloud is a neat technique! When I write, I try to imagine it as the reader would process. That’s inherently lacking, though, because you can’t come to your own work with a fresh mind the way others will.

        If I’m writing something in reference to another culture, I try to imagine the (for lack of a better way to say it) melody of their native language so it sounds more natural. For instance, for a few writing sessions, I thought about an actor I would like to read my poems for some sort of publication (like that’s ever going to happen!) and wrote in imitation of that person’s voice and cadence, since I’ve heard them speak a lot.

        I find that if I try to read it aloud myself, I tend to be disappointed with the result! Ha! Good on you for doing that. Have you ever thought of recording yourself and selling that as part of/in addition to a poetry collection?

        Anyhow, apparently I’m very wordy (and prone to parentheses) this evening. Thanks for reading and conversating! 🙂

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  1. Beautiful! Each love is unique and bittersweet… but no doubt, Bill, that you’ll find another love, which will touch your heart with its different colours and passionate secrets – love which may last forever!

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