Separated by borders and ideals

we seldom speak.

In another time I climbed

your airy mountains

melded with desert colors

crossed your mighty seas.

Tell me we are still friends

that our dreams can still come true.

Don’t turn away let me hold you

take this sorrow from you,

we’ve seen enough death.

We wanted so much to be strong

but we knew there would be tears.

143 thoughts on “Let Me Hold You

  1. The ending verse is just heart-wrenching and I really felt emotionally connected with this gorgeous piece, great writing!

    Keep Writing!
    Stay happy and healthy!

    Enigma πŸ™‚

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  2. As a geezer, I don’t do hugs. So! No holding, please. Just polite conversation from a distance. There can be tears! Just no holding. Ever! Tears? Yes. Holding? No! Tears due to no holding? Yes!

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        1. I was reading an article about the effect of stripping the forests and how it might contribute to the world wide spread of disease. You are wise Michel . ❀️


  3. It’s wonderful how your words travel. They start me out in one place, then I end up in another.
    Sometimes one interpretation, sometimes more; as I feel in this poem.
    Nonetheless, it feels timely and and as deep as the blue waters in that rich picture of our earth

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  4. I love that “tell me we are still friends” is the pivotal line with two groups of 6 revolving around on either side. I could feel that line as the fulcrum before I even got to the end πŸ™‚

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  5. Holly, I love the metaphor of yearning for the lost love applying to taking care of the planet we live on. I wasn’t sure you were going there until I saw the photo. If we don’t take care of Mother Earth, will our dreams still come true? We have fallen behind in our efforts to protect and ourselves. Thanks for sharing your words, Keith

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  6. The beauty and power of your poetry is truly special, Rene. You capture what uncountable hearts must feel as our lives are embroiled in what often seems like a battle to great to overcome. But here is that tearful reach for that one thing that will get us through this, the simple act of love, the connection it makes, the healing it brings, and the selfless kindness it affords to our environment and all who depend on it. πŸ€—

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      1. We’ll do this as a tribe of Heart felt energetic souls. In the borders of our collective arms is all that is good in the world and we share it all freely. What could be more inspiring than that? πŸ€—

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        1. I truly believe that. yes, I knew three of my grandparents. My fathers Dad died before I was old enough to get to know him. My Mom died very young and my Dad was fairly young too but they live on in my memory. 😊

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  7. Rene, I worry so much about you being in the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day the Florida statistics are worse and unmasked people crowd the beaches and the bars. It must be so discouraging for you. I have two relatives who are front line nurses. It is difficult for them also but our case rate is so much lower. Inside dining is still not allowed and everyone is required by law to wear a mask under penalty of a fine.


    1. You’re so sweet to think of me Dennis. The Republican politicizing of this pandemic is unforgivable . Our Governor is a Trump sycophant and has refused to mandate the most basic guidelines ie; masks in public places etc. This is a terrible disease and a vaccine seems to be our only hope. We must remove Trump from office in November, he is unfit and my fear that a crises would arise under his watch has come to fruition. I am being very careful. Stay safe and well. Thinking of you.

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