Poetry|Passing Sweetness

Passing Sweetness is a poem by student and aspiring writer Emilie Ann Holmes. She describes the poem as being about ‘how the things we most look forward to in life can disappoint us, and how the thought and anticipation of happiness can be far more sweeter than the endurance of it.’


Passing Sweetness

I can taste it, but it’s not in reach,

Perhaps one day I will find it soaking up on the beach.

‘I’m tired, it’s never on its way!’

But that’s not what you’re supposed to say.

I’ve watched, waited and wished, but never touched,

They say ‘The hope of it is more than enough.’

I want you, I need you, I love you till death,

But I think I will die before I feel your first breath.

‘It’s on its way, the air is sweet’

I am anticipating the seconds before we meet!

I’m happy, I’m smiling, and I’m filled with joy,

But now you’ve gone I just feel like your toy.

It’s passed, it’s gone, I’ve used it all up,

The melancholy is eternal but the fracture of a second was enough!

Perhaps I’ll wait for tomorrow or even yesterday,

The waiting was sweeter than living in the day.

I never thought you would leave me,

The sweetness of yesterday lingers in tomorrow, you see.

But there is none in today, only sourness remains,

I never knew I needed you until you left me with this pain.


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