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A Poem by JayG

A romantic lament



Among the crowd, it’s you I see
You own my heart, you hold the key
My vision dark except for you
I see no room, no other view
You steal my sense,

my eyes both blind
Except for you
You fill my mind

You move with grace, the tiger's stalk
(my throat so dry I scarce can talk)
The piercing eye, the thrust of breast
(my heart is tearing in my chest)
In pain I gaze at hip and thigh
Who holds your love
Not I
Not I

Not for me those hidden graces
Not for me those secret places
Not for me love's lip on lip
And not for me caress of hip
No love for me, not even rind
Except for you
You fill

my mind

How came I thus to my sad fate?
To lose the one I need for mate
So many others more than I
Will please your sight, will catch your eye
I grope for words to bid you stay
To reach your heart, to find the way
But words still fail to pierce the veil
With silent tears, again I fail

You stand while I, with hope forlorn
Must curse the day that I was born
I need your mind, your scent, your touch
(the day we met I knew that much)
I know my fate is linked to you
(but how to make you see that, too?)

I watch you standing clothed in night
With eyes of mist and teeth so white
You touch my hand with skin of silk
The curve of breast, oh love's sweet milk
Tear from my lips the words to bind
(before, Dear God, I lose my mind)

You turn to me, all grace and fire
My flame of love, my blazing bier
You touch my cheek.... Will waiting end?
You smile and say, "Good night my friend."

I stand and weep, my hopes unwind
Except for you
You fill
My mind


© 2019 JayG

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The smooth flow of words is enchanting. Nicely done. A story of unrequited love so well captured. Great piece my friend.

Posted 1 Week Ago

wow.. a smooth and wonderful piece.. unrequited love.. I am envious of your excellent rhyming.. I was never very good at that..

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

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A very nice way for me to start Sunday. Thank you

Posted 1 Month Ago

I thought that perhaps I could write romantic poetry, but this is far more beautiful than anything I think I have ever written. Such love, such heartbreak it almost enough to make one weep. Thank you so much.

Take care - Dave

Posted 1 Month Ago

The cadence of this is wonderful. It begs to be read aloud.

Posted 1 Month Ago

Oh, wow! This is so lovely and deftly written by a master's hand. The hopefulness, the despondency, the desire, and dream are so beautifully interwoven throughout. This poem alone would make a woman love you. If not, she's not a woman. This is just stunningly beautiful. Well done. Well done.

Posted 2 Months Ago

This was so beautifully written, and just touches the heart

Posted 2 Months Ago

Whoever has experienced what's described here can only nod silently thinking, "that's how it feels, yeah". Those who are fortunate enough not to have been put through such misery can also get a pretty good idea as to what it's like because the poem is very well written. Love is not only overrated, but completely misunderstood, no? Actually, it's the most destructive force there is, isn't it? Somehow it masquerades as the pinnacle of human experience, but it hangs on a pendulum that swings from joy to pain. The more it swings to one side the more it'll swing to the other. (Sorry for rambling on, my excuse is going through a very similar situation as the one described in the poem.)

Posted 2 Months Ago

I used to read poetry in my younger years; not so much anymore. I had my reasons for checking this one out and I'm happy with myself for giving in. This is beautiful, meaningful and I can relate so well.

Posted 2 Months Ago

woah! this really hit my heart, so beautifully penned. thanks for sharing this :)

Posted 2 Months Ago

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Added on May 17, 2019
Last Updated on May 17, 2019



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