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I want to hold you


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I want to hold you

but I cannot hold you …
not in front of a policeman
not when the lights are turning red

not when people are looking
not when your eyes are shining
not when a cough is coming

not when war still rages
not when the climate changes
not when children are hungry

perhaps when it rains
we can smile into one another’s eyes
and hide under my big umbrella

but the people will bump into us
from before and behind and say,
move along there, move along !

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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  • 2 weeks later...
David W. Parsley

Brendan, I really like this piece. It has a Kiplingesque irony to it. The desire to share love in the context of the world's accelerating difficulties, the anguish of a doomed generation - all effectively invoked.


Thanks (I think),

- Dave

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Refreshing and relevant. Reminds me of that Lennon quote: "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." Enjoyed. G.

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it's such a sad piece. i don't know why you can't hold the person. it just doesn't make sense. i mean not your poem, your emotions & feelings. the longing. but why not. it doesn't matter what or who - hold them!


lol! thanks for the poem!

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