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Poems of Longing

   By A Jessie Michael

Be Longing

Like waves rolling to and fro

I land on distant shores,

Longing for better

Stretching for more.

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Bird and beast speak

But in one voice;

Longing to belong

I speak in alien noise

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The soul I sold             

For freedom and fame

Roams longing in a limbo

That has no name

Now I look to

The abandoned shore,

The tongue longs to caress

 Forgotten lore

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My battered soul yearns

For the lost soulmate,

The waves of longing

Will not abate

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Will I,

Wanderer forever,

Forever be longing

For a belonging?

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Song of the Broken Migrant

I cross the ocean

Shimmering sea like shattered glass

The water fractures, breaks and blends

I see my contorted face.

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On land my self- mirror finally breaks

I see fractured reflections Pieces of myself.

I am broken and cannot stitch myself together.

I am forever changed into an unrecognizable me.

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A.Jessie Michael is a retired Associate Professor of English from Malaysia and a writer of short stories and poems. She has written winning short stories for local magazines and newspaper competitions and received honourable mentions in the AsiaWeek Short Story Competitions. She has worked with writers’ groups in Melbourne, Australia and Suzhou, China. Her stories have also appeared in The Gombak Review, 22 Asian  Short Stories (2015), Bitter Root Sweet Fruit  and recently three articles in Kitaab (2019)  and a poem and Short story in Borderless (2020) She has previously published an anthology of short stories Snapshots, with two other writers and most recently her own anthology The Madman and Other Stories (2016).

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