The tether of want

I walk faster than my solitude. But only as far as
the tether of want. Then I wait, in its overhang

for silence to catch up. Want like a bitter salt rubs
slowly over broken skin. Pain seduces with its

mouth, speaking, always speaking. You learn its
words by walking with the full moon. Who knows

what the moon does when your head is lowered.
What kind of love requires you to lift your face in the

darkness? Aloneness, however, is mute – a friend
that crawls under you so it can look you in the eye.

32 thoughts on “The tether of want

  1. A wonderful poem, Rajani. “You learn its words by walking with the full moon.” I love that. And the aloneness looking you in the eye.

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  2. This is incredibly stunning, Rajani! 💝 I am especially enamored by; “Who knows what the moon does when your head is lowered.”👏

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  3. Great poem I love “You learn its words by walking with the full moon” and this is brilliant “Aloneness, however, is mute – a friend that crawls under you so it can look you in the eye.”

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  4. I wonder if the aloneness and solitude share speaking habits. Or, if the first stays forever silent while the second says what it must when necessary. Whatever the answer might be, the details in your poem makes aloneness and solitude the kind of friends one needs every now and again.

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  5. Want holds a tight grip on the tether too, pulling you in harder if you try to fight against it too hard. Trying to banish want entirely is hard, but the dull pain of living under its control seems worse.

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