The Terror From the Deep – A Poem by Rowe Williams

I've been listening to love songs lately. 
A dangerous undertaking in most circumstances,
but especially in that of sentimentality.

There is (or was), I think, something
in each of us that cried out
for love.

But at the same time, we didn't know
what love was - a perfection
we claw at with imperfect hearts.

A need so desperate, so impossible,
that we can't help but be our own version
of Tantalus, tasting ambrosiac love...

to be rewarded with a memory of pure humanity
that we never actually experienced,
and the uncertain terror of whether we ever will.

Love terrifies me.
And I've never wanted so badly
to be afraid.

1 thought on “The Terror From the Deep – A Poem by Rowe Williams

  1. This is so beautiful… “I’ve never wanted so badly to be afraid” – I know just how that feels.
    Wonderful poem ^ ^

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