Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Poem of the Day: “Contradictions” by Howard F. Stein

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review is pleased to present “Contradictions” by Howard F. Stein.  A brief biography of Dr. Stein may be found here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2015/11/poem-of-day-hamburger-diner-by-howard-f.html.

Contradictions   
Howard F. Stein

waiting
hoping
afraid to hope
trying not to hope
unable not to hope
holding my breath
until you appear
unable to hold my breath
that long
not ready to release you
to the winds


Poet's Notes:  This poem draws from a common wellspring of love, hope, loss, grief, and difficulty of letting go with finality. I've written many of these over the years.  I will probably write more of them.  Long memory and fresh experience conspire to keep the kettle simmering.  They also make for difficult breathing.

Editor’s Note:  Love lost is a common theme for a poem, but I enjoy the unique way Stein paints the subject here.  His play on "breath" and "wind" is particularly nicely done.

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