The Hidden Sweetness


 The sun, the soft wind of summer, the fragrance of flowers,                                                      they all connive to bring me back forty years ago                                                                          to where my heart forever belongs.                                                                                            Scraps of images flash on the hazy mental screen,                                                        unearthing deeply embedded ever burning longing.                                                                How mysterious the enabling of desires, of hoping,                                                                    of remembering, of imagining the past as it continually teases the present.                      How mysterious it is for the heart so full of longing to tingle,                                                    to break into tiny pieces and bleed.                                                                                              And yet we love it when it comes up,                                                                                              we love it for what it is, we love it even if it breeds sadness                                              because somehow it establishes our connection,                                                                because it redeems our absence,                                                                                            because it brings us closer to the very heart of who we are.                                                    But there is no denying that it aches.                                                                                      Therein lies its beauty, the hidden sweetness in what is aching.


About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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7 Responses to The Hidden Sweetness

  1. Hariod Brawn says:

    I recognise this Virgilio. Wonderful work as always – many congratulations.

  2. Heartafire says:

    Very lovely and moving poetry!

  3. Nomzi Kumalo says:

    A cool and tender poem. 🙂

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