Ghazal

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Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant. —  Martin Heidegger

The wind caresses me in the winter of the night with the nearness of the distant,
while memory wraps me, warmly, like a blanket of wool, with  the nearness of the distant.

Your eyes: grey stars , a pallor in the darkness that leads me through the absence,
a chiaroscuro, an unfolding of shadows, where I meet you in the nearness of the distant.

There, standing with the crows, your hair windswept with the color of the wheat,
I walk alongside you through the forest of the trees of moss in the nearness of the distant.

A great, golden spire ruses up out of the fog, and a snow lays lazily on rooftops.
A sea embraces a sleepy fishing village as my windmills turn in the nearness of the distant.

The wind caresses me in the winter of the night, and yet I hear the singing of bees.
I am the sparrow caged by the snow laden limbs of its tree, but  I will meet you—always,
In the nearness of the distant.

Charles Coakley Simpson

8 responses

  1. “the nearness of the distant” – profound

    Liked by 2 people

    March 8, 2015 at 12:23 pm

  2. Profound, I agree with my predecessor. This reads like what it feels.

    Liked by 2 people

    March 12, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  3. Charles…left me taking a deep breath after reading…such a way you have of expressing…its unique ..beautiful…I loved this…

    Liked by 1 person

    April 22, 2015 at 2:15 am

  4. thefeatheredsleep

    That last line. In the nearness of the distant. I’m green with well deserved envy

    Liked by 1 person

    February 25, 2016 at 5:17 pm

  5. Dewey Simons

    I’m so sorry I have not stayed in touch with you I miss you call me at 620-532-4264

    Liked by 2 people

    June 21, 2016 at 10:45 pm

  6. You have a unique blog. Amazing, sensual poetry!

    Liked by 1 person

    June 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

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