• By Michael R. Burch

Insurrection & Other Poetry


Saskia with a Flower - Rembrandt

Insurrection


She has become as the night—listening

for rumors of dawn—while the dew, glistening,

reminds me of her, and the wind, whistling,

lashes my cheeks with its soft chastening.


She has become as the lights—flickering

in the distance—till memories old and troubling

rise up again and demand remembering ...

like peasants rebelling against a mad king.


Regret


Regret,

a bitter

ache to bear . . .


once starlight

languished

in your hair . . .


a shining there

as brief

as rare.


Regret . . .

a pain

I chose to bear . . .


unleash

the torrent

of your hair . . .


and show me

once again—

how rare.


At Once


—for Beth


Though she was fair,

though she sent me the epistle of her love at once

and inscribed therein love’s antique prayer,

I did not love her at once.


Though she would dare

pain’s pale, clinging shadows, to approach me at once,

the dark, haggard keeper of the lair,

I did not love her at once.


Though she would share

the all of her being, to heal me at once,

yet more than her touch I was unable bear.

I did not love her at once.


And yet she would care,

and pour out her essence . . .

and yet—there was more!

I awoke from long darkness,


and yet—she was there.

I loved her the longer;

I loved her the more

because I did not love her at once.


Originally published by The Lyric



Michael R. Burch is the editor of The HyperTexts, on-line at www.thehypertexts.com. His poetry has been translated into fourteen languages, set to music by eleven composers, used in collaborations with visual artists, and taught in high schools and universities. A five-time Pushcart nominee, his poems, translations, letters, articles, essays, jokes and puns have been published by BBC Radio 3, The Hindu, Reader's Digest, TIME, USA Today, The Washington Post,Writer’s Digest—The Year’s Best Writing, and hundreds of literary journals.

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