You Are…

God knows that I’ve tried…

Tried so hard,
To ignore,
Those quiet,

But pervasively destructive,
Whispers of doubt.

Those whispers of…

No,
My heart cannot invest
Itself in you.

Too much risk.

Too much past pain.

Whispers of…

No,
My mind cannot invest
Itself in daily daydreams

Of you.

Too much churn.

Too much conflict.

Just…

Too much.

All of my life
Amplifies this cacophony
Of uncertainty,

And unwillingness
To step out
On the thin ice

Of emotional commitment.

So afraid of breaking through,
And drowning,
Yet again,
In the numbing coldness,

And emptiness,

Of losing my heart.

But then…

I look into your eyes,
And see a million miles away
Past my doubt
To a surety,
And sanctuary of us.

Then…

I see your smile,
And I’m overwhelmed
By a warmth,
Melting all the icy wasteland
Of my past failures.

And then,

Then…

I sense the silk
Of your fingertip,

On my lips…

Suggesting a depth of compassion
And comfort,

And forever.

And in that moment
Of epiphany…

My eyes see,

And my heart senses,

That maybe,

I pray…

That just maybe…

You are,

You are…

The one.

© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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57 thoughts on “You Are…

    1. I really appreciate that Dorothy!!

      That just brought a little sunshine to what’s been a rainy, dreary, fraught day.

      So many thanks!!!!

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      1. You’re welcome. It surely brightened my day🌝

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      2. I’m so glad!!!

        I hope you have a wonderful evening…oh…and please tell me that tomorrow is Friday. That would also make me feel better!

        🙂

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      3. It’s funny you mention that. I’ve been feeling like it Friday all day long! It’s weird. It’s only Tuesday.

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      4. Only Tuesday!?!

        Sigh…

        Oh well…I’ll just have to “cowboy up” and make it a few more days to the weekend!

        🙂

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  1. Exquisite piece Bill, the doubts, apprehensions , fear of a heart-break and pain but then it’s worth taking the risk 🙂

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    1. Yes…it’s always worth taking the risk. One only has but one life to live…yes?

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      1. Absolutely, love is worth taking the risk we might end up losing but at least we tried in one life. There is no dearth of love my friend if you know how to love… no dearth of love just know how to love 🙂

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      2. That’s exactly right…it is NOT a zero sum game…is it?

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      3. Not at all, if you can love once, you can love twice and thrice and so on… lot of heavenly nectars out there which fruit you pluck and how you relish upto you 🙂

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      4. Just right…just right.

        🙂 !!!

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      5. Some fruits are sour doesn’t mean you stop eating it, try and miss but would be one out there which is sweet as honey 🍯, that’s love!

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  2. your words have such fluency and melody – I really enjoyed this one Bill, perfect symphony of feelings and thoughts

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    1. I really appreciate that Gina!!

      I’m so glad that the words touched you…and that’s what I aim for in my words…just a simple flow that evokes a feeling.

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      1. you achieve that and so much more, your simple words carry more meaning than fancy metaphors, it comes from your heart to those who read it

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      2. Thank you Gina!! Thank you!!

        I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

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      3. thank you Bill, enjoy your evening

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  3. I admire your introspective poem

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    1. Thank you! Glad you liked it!

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  4. “Cacophony of uncertainty”…great phrase. There is a phase change from frozen to sublime warmth. Nice.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Gianna!!!!

      Thank you!!!

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      1. Yes, I enjoy reading your work. The image of the sub heading to sea stuck with me . The fact you said you were nervous everytime you had to navigate the Thames river really struck me. I always thought of commanders as being unshakeable, somehow immune to human experience. It was a revelation to me. Soft and hard, two sides of the same coin. Thank you for that perspective, Bill.

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      2. I think you’ve got that right. The currents in the river can be non trivial, so approaching and safely passing between the spans (and under the bridge) always got my attention. Add in a little fog…and it became extra special. 😊

        Perhaps there’s a healthy balance of being challenged and thereby totally focused…as compared to being immobilized by fear. Does that make sense?

        Really appreciate your comments Gianna!!!

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      3. Yes, it certainly does. I am striving for that balance. How did you stay down without the sun for so long?

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      4. It’s strange but when I went to board the ship, I changed into my “submarine self.”. It’s all about changing mindset. Giving up personal space. Giving up the light and warmth of the Sun. But all for a higher calling.

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      5. Remarkable… I understand. I need to cultivate “a submarine self”. I have things I need to do. You have no idea how much you help. Write on.

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      6. So glad I can help in some small way. The feeling is mutual Gianna!

        Have a lovely day!

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      7. You too. Find something beautiful for me today.☀️

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      8. Thank you, and I will! 😊

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  5. This is really a beautiful piece..

    You captured so perfectly all the emotions of love and how it is to trust someone new after pasts hurts..

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    1. Thanks Jamie!! I’m glad you enjoyed it!!

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      1. My pleasure!

        Hope you’re having a wonderful night.

        😊 !

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      2. I am… thank you. But time for bed now. 415am comes way too soon.

        Hope you have a beautiful evening as well!!

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      3. Yes I bet it does..

        Thank you !! 😊

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  6. I’m a firm believer that you can have more than one true love in a lifetime. ❤️

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  7. Thought for Change November 6, 2018 — 11:47 pm

    Amazing 😍

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate it!! 😊😊

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  8. When there is true love, doubts disappear, time and space also … Souls recognize each other and everything else no longer matters …😊

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    1. That is so wonderfully spoken. Thank you!!

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  9. Beautifully expressed, Bill. The doubts… overriding the love… the love… overpowering the doubts. Oh yes. I live with this daily so I totally get what you’re saying here. Great job!

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    1. I really appreciate your thoughts Tara! Thank you so much!!!!

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    1. 😊!!! So glad!! Thank you!!

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  10. …a sanctuary of us…..Gorgeous poem, Bill!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the comment!!

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    1. So glad that you like it Rose! Thank you so much for your investment of time to read my work. Really appreciate it!

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      1. Thank you for writing it

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