the physical properties of desire


the sigh that drives

is simply desire

& here we reach
for each other, welcoming

our bridge of words
and silence

mirroring the draw
between atoms

echoing the loneliness of God
for Adam

the want of earth
to hold everything near

the same arms
she stretches to the moon, beckoning

as the sun calls her softly
into a loosely patterned dance

equally yearning
but distant




About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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31 Responses to the physical properties of desire

  1. Kyle says:

    great poem – and love your new background

  2. Seb says:

    There’s fascination in tiny things in this.

  3. Leo says:

    I’m falling behind; just read your last six post. Are you always this prolific? Enjoyed them all but was problemly drawn to “When to listen” the most; so true. My favorite line was “her mud skin dries in lines tracing alpahbets I don’t read” from “stone deaming”…all are deserving of more of my time and consideration…I will do better. Leo

  4. dannypereyra says:

    So soft; beautiful.
    “our bridge of words
    and silence”

  5. That is an absolutely fabulous piece of poetry. Stunning in fact!! 😉

    • Oh, my. Thank you. Perhaps I need to write more poetry while listening to “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem, then 🙂

      Had to listen to the whole thing–I rarely get classical music ear worms, but I had to listen to that today 🙂

  6. Rhonda says:

    I’m sorry…lol. I want to tell you how beautiful this is…and it is…but I’m stuck between a bridge and stained glass. Sigh the sigh

  7. unfetteredbs says:

    soft silent peaceful sigh… enjoying your writing alot this week

    • Audra–thanks so much 🙂

      • unfetteredbs says:

        are you better with paper and pen or keyboard and electric ink?

        • Actually, I go both ways (with writing, that is 🙂 ). Comes down to what’s handy. Paper and pen at the creek, and the keyboard if the PC is on and accessible. I find my writing to be more “alive” if I pen and ink it first, though. How about you?

          • unfetteredbs says:

            laughing oh you witty gal 🙂
            It has been a long time since I have written with pen. I might try it again..but that would mean I would actually have to admit to purposely writing..

            • I have a notebook by the bed, one in the car, and one in my purse (teeny one). I do not always have a pen, though, and that caused some irritation at the beach one day this summer, until I figured out how to write short notes on my Kindle to catch an image.

              • unfetteredbs says:

                I just keep it all in my head… for now

                • Oh, my head is a very crowded place, and I misplace images if I don’t jot them down. So, for now, at least, I am a slave to that twist of the mind that sees or hears a poem as I go through my day, and I like to jot the images down before they fade away as I butter toast or vacuum, LOL.

  8. Green Speck says:

    The yearning is so visible in your words … loved the piece !!!

  9. jomul7 says:

    Desire is fascinating, I wrote something about it and will share it later but I love this piece because I have never heard desire expressed this way.

  10. So beautiful, so evocative. I like the bibical allusion.

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