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The Need to Ache

David Fraser lives in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Ascent Magazine, Aspirations for Artists, published since 1997. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in 28 journals, including Three Candles, Regina Weese, Ardent and Ygdrasil. He has recently published a collection of his poetry, "Going to the Well," and another of his short fiction, "The Dark Side of the Billboard." David is currently the BC Federation of Writers Regional Director for The Islands Region.

Let me forego that ache
that infests the loving heart
that sweet smell of asters
drenched in dew.

Let me forsake those first lips tremulous
in splendour of that purloined kiss
that soft caress of fingers in the night
wings of breath upon my ear.

Let me forget the pensive moments
scribbling poetry
the throng of memory and images
that dance with every thought.

Let me wander, set me free
If ever comes that waning time
When the ache, the heart,
The poetic kiss of the muse
Leaves me drained and empty late at night.

— 2005

Published December 2006


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