It parches the mouth with its permanence,
Pains of hunger and heartache combined.
Its desire controls and consumes thoughts,
Captivating and possessing one’s very peace.
Distant unanswered questions remain so silent,
Past tribulations rest in an untouchable denial.
Memories of unresolved and unjustified traits,
Languish between today and back in another era.
Pavements with ghostly treads lead to no-where,
Gone are recognisable connections of yesteryear.
From time to time images of other times emerge,
Though empty of bodily warmth or familiar sound.
Enchantment and pre-occupation colludes to entrap,
Absorbing and enslaving a willing regressive mind.
An attraction with rare possibilities of great promise,
But that seduction often fails to deliver contentment.
Longing overwhelms and demands much concentration,
Perhaps today’s yearnings may be more easily satisfied.
©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 19/03/2015
Poetry Jam Prompt: ‘Looking Back.’…