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Marching Home

by Call Me Les about a month ago in love poems · updated about a month ago
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An after the parade poem.

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After the parade, no company do I keep.

When all is drear and dark and bleak,

And out the window the moon is dull,

I lay without you,

Always without you,

My arms are empty and my heart too full.

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Daytime hours fly by in love and light,

'Til all is passed and out of sight.

When dusty workday's parade is over,

Softly, I speak with you,

Across the miles with you,

Together, we plan our forever.

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Voices and faces from many different places.

Parade's conversation cannot fill hollow spaces.

No matter if I'm beloved by many,

Alone in my room,

Tears shed in the gloom.

Without you here, I never feel steady.

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How is it a heart can overflow?

A thousand seeds be laid down to sow?

Yet I lie barren? No crop to reap?

When day's parade is gone,

When light's light is gone,

Like sap cut free, my love does seep.

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When I can see past my darkened bower,

I still have faith in the parade's power,

I know someday you will march home to me.

Then long lines will be broken,

And words in one time spoken.

Please let the parade bring you home to me.

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For you are the one who makes me whole.

And you are the reason I am not whole.

Until the day we may eschew our sorrow.

When your ring becomes mine,

And mine becomes thine,

Only after that parade will our happiness follow.

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Yes, when the parade finally marches us onwards,

Then, I will not mind that the parade is over.

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Written for the After the Parade Challenge on Vocal Media.

First published by Call Me Les July 2022

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Call Me Les

She/her | Cat enthusiast | "Word-Nerd" | Fueled by buttertarts

  • Co-Founding admin at Vocal Social Society & Great Incantations
  • Co-Founder of the Vocal Creators Chronicle
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  • Book: Owl in a Towel

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  • Rachel M.J20 days ago

    Lovely, Les <3

  • Call Me Les (Author)about a month ago

    Really touched with all the folks who enjoyed this. It's lifted my courage up to try some more poetry.

  • Scott Wadeabout a month ago

    Beautiful poem Les. ❤️

  • Dana Stewartabout a month ago

    Achingly persuasive - you have a penchant for poetry. Well done!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    This is incredible. Well done.

  • C. H. Richardabout a month ago

    Beautiful ❤️

  • Ali Howarthabout a month ago

    Beautiful

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Heartfelt and beautiful poem!!!💖💕

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    such vulnerability. it touches my heart <3

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