On Waiting

Ryoko Tajiri  Art Monkey: July 2010

Ryoko Tajiri
Art Monkey: July 2010

It seems
as tho I was born
waiting for something
My little mouth searching
for the suckling breast
Thirsting for love

A child
in the classroom
reading the last page
to know the story’s ending
Already anticipating
a new assignment

A man
in love with love
awaiting reciprocation
finding love so unrequiting
A list of tasks of duties
far from dreams’

Now old
on this park bench
watching the leaves fall
Still awaiting a transfiguring
some bush catching fire
a divine word spoke

“And you wait, keep waiting for that one thing
which would infinitely enrich your life:
the powerful, uniquely uncommon,
the awakening or dormant stones,
depths that would reveal you to yourself.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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9 Responses to On Waiting

  1. you make waiting a worthwhile undertaking – most enjoyable


  2. and I pray for you that burning bush…


  3. Ruthie Rose says:

    I loved this! Thank you x


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