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  • By Michael R. Burch

Resurrecting Passion



Last night, while dawn was far away

and rain streaked gray, tumescent skies,

as thunder boomed and lightning railed,

I conjured words, where passion failed ...


But, oh, that you were mine tonight,

sprawled in this bed, held in these arms,

your breasts pale baubles in my hands,

our bodies bent to old demands ...


Such passions we might resurrect,

if only time and distance waned

and brought us back together; now

I pray these things might be, somehow.


But time has left us twisted, torn,

and we are more apart than miles.

How have you come to be so far—

as distant as an unseen star?


So that, while dawn is far away,

my thoughts might not return to you,

I feed your portrait to the flames,

but as they feast, I burn for you.


Michael R. Burch is the editor of The HyperTexts, on-line at www.thehypertexts.com, where he has published hundreds of poets over the past three decades. His poetry has been translated into fourteen languages, taught in high schools and colleges around the globe, incorporated into three plays and two operas, and set to music by seventeen composers. A five-time Pushcart nominee, his poems, translations and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, including The Lyric, New Lyre, Romantics Quarterly, The Chained Muse, LIGHT, Measure, Southwest Review, The Chariton Review, The Chimaera, Brief Poems, Poem Today, Asses of Parnassus, Writer’s Digest—The Year’s Best Writing and The Best of the Eclectic Muse.


10 commentaires


martinmccarthy1956
martinmccarthy1956
23 juin 2022

At the moment I'm going back through all the great poems printed this year and early last year in The Chained Muse and it's very rewarding because, for one thing, I missed this. (Probably engaged in Christmas activities). And what a gem! I'd put 'Resurrecting Passion' right up there with your very best poems, Michael. It's just burning and alive - and, of course, full of passion.

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
24 juin 2022
En réponse à

Thanks Martin, I'm glad you liked my poem. I think this one was written in my late teens or early twenties, during my "Romantic period." It was originally published by Songs of Innocence, whose editor, Michael Pendragon, was a fan of Romantic poetry and a Romantic poet himself.

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Cindy Erlandson
Cindy Erlandson
21 déc. 2021

exquisite imagery, and very poignant, especially the last verse.

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
24 juin 2022
En réponse à

Thanks Cindy, I'm glad you liked my poem.

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
20 déc. 2021

It's always an honor to be published by The Chained Muse. Comments are always welcome.

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jm6783685
jm6783685
19 déc. 2021

What a wonderful poem! So full of delicious images and appropriate words it is difficult to know where to start. Except by quoting the whole poem back. Everything stands out. And one is already starting to learn it off by heart. Bravo!

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Michael R. Burch
Michael R. Burch
04 sept. 2023
En réponse à

David, I'm glad you think so. When I read a great poem or hear a great song for the first time, I know it right away. And such poems and songs never grow old for me. I love them as much at 65 as I did at 11.

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