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Allow Me to Surrender
by Timothy Michael Flaherty
Thursday, August 15, 2002

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How have I become
the toil of bitterness
and lost emotion
that beats in her heart?

The point of conflict
not even recognized.
A hidden defeat has ascended
in all the space that lies between us.

Once bleeding sunlight
onto a shimmering canvas
that walked before her.
Her eyes have become black stones.

Slipping slowly into the Red sea
far away from me,
circles in her eyes are dark as coal,
feeling only the cold
yielding to a withering spirit.

As if my tally of possessions
included her,
locked away
refusing to fall to what she needed.

I tried to capture
the freedom
that she ignited
inside of me.

A glimmering reflection of hope lingers
in the voice of crashing waves,
in the shadows of the mountain
that end with all her sacrifices.

I see it everywhere
moving on,
while I stand still
weakened by her troubled spirit.

Her bonds
refuse to succumb
to the passion
lingering inside of freedom.

She walks the surf
looking for something new.
An offering from a white capped sea
that may release her.

I feel a shattering all around me.
In the distance of a whisper,
my heart
weakens at her sight.

I long to cry on her bosom.
My lips tremble
to feel the smooth skin,
beneath her hair
on the lay of her neck.

Let me walk at her side
and be where she is.
Unlock the trail of anguish
I have left behind.

Allow forgiveness
to lay waste to my shame.
I feel a man dying inside
longing to be reborn in her heart.

Allow me to live this dream,
freeing the sorrow
that hides beneath the black stones,
surrendering to lost echoes of laughter
that once lived strong in her soul.

The perfume of island lilies and sacred vows,
are kept in the wake
of all these dreams that lay at my feet,
intoxicating the sum of my life.

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Reviewed by x 8/19/2002
Reviewed by Angels Near 8/16/2002
Very good poem!!! Great work!

One can only write based on the experience had in order to tell a tale of truth.

"Allow Me to Surrender?" is a great title, but begins with a verb and I'm not so fond of verbs. Then again, that's just my opinion.
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 8/16/2002
Thai was so beautiful .
Reviewed by Sanil nath (Reader) 8/16/2002
wonderful work friend
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo 8/16/2002
I love your work ..thank you...
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 8/16/2002
Timothy you have me weeping again I fear, too painful to read, even more painful to write, like some of mine.
Reviewed by Mari Laureano (Reader) 8/16/2002
your longing is so palpable in this is raw and abrupt bordering on painful...the kind of stuff that leaves one sleepless. Liked the way you moved in this one. Very sensual, very deep. **Mari**
Reviewed by jude forese 8/15/2002
fantastic imagery... great voice...
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 8/15/2002
Wow!! This is excellent!! I loved it..
Reviewed by Dove (Reader) 8/15/2002
...Tim, you are one of the greatest poets I have ever read. Nobel prize nomination piece here...

Light and love, Jo
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