Tango Desolado

I am making love to the ghost of you,
blindfolded by the gauze of your pillow

instead of meeting the gaze of your eyes,
hands clutching myself instead of your thighs,

crying out your name and hearing only
silence. I am embracing history,

what I can conjure of our moments past,
the length and breadth of you that could not last.

I pull to myself the absence of your hips,
impale these sheets as if they were your lips.

Oh that I could breathe again your breath; instead,
this fragile passion’s one more little death.

My heart, or what is left, remains but true:
I am making love to the ghost of you.


  1. Short link - http://bit.ly/s4tango

  2. Probably the most eloquent description of "little death" I've ever read. Bravo!

  3. Wow, stunning once again. ~The dreams of passion life can make, the "death" in the awareness of reality's wake. Impressive undoubtedly.

  4. Gorgeous piece filled with so much longing....

    This line just aches:

    "I pull to myself the absence of your hips,"

    Loved it.

    Karen :0)

  5. Vivid imagery, masterful, and visceral in every regard. Another "gift" from the poetic master.

  6. Whoa. In the very best way possible: WOW. I enjoyed that one.

  7. So deeply soulful-- I love the title-- Tango Desolado-- and what a beautiful extended metaphor-- masterfully crafted...xxxxj

  8. I remember when I first read Pablo Neruda’s "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair". I was struck with a profound sense of wonder – how mere words could move me to feel such exultation, such ache.

    This poem - my own song of despair - is now the title poem of my new collection "Tango Desolado", now available as an Amazon Kindle book - http://amzn.to/desolado.

    I would be honored if you could sample it, read it, and let me know what you think of the book.

    Thank you.

    1. Done. I remember feeling a similar exultation in reading Adrienne Rich's love poems from falling in love to being alone again. Ouch. ( video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4lFSddTaj8 )

  9. Anonymous7:50:00 PM

    Exquisite, the longing is palpable.

  10. The absence of a loved one can be so stressful. Whether far from us or recently one bereaved it would seem a ghostly yearning just the same. You've extended it beautifully here, Sam! Complete with rhyming too! Great write!


  11. dang man..i feel the longing and loss in this...you def got th ache right in this one....that first like hooks....

  12. Anonymous9:44:00 PM

    Elegant longing, but passionate too. k.

  13. A powerful tango expression - love, hate, love, despair, and torment in solitude. It has the strength of Neruda + Piazzola! Ah, the Argentine!

  14. beautiful and heart rending... soulful and visceral, yes, all these things.

  15. Anonymous5:18:00 AM

    Beautiful and exquisite. This could apply to lovers trying to hold on to a failing relationship or literally a lost love, either way it was fantastic and elegant.

  16. That first couplet grabbed me and would not let go. The longing and aching reaches in and squeezes your gut.

  17. If not for the pillow, you could be dancing! If not for the tango, you may not have the aching and memory. I.Love.This.Poem.

  18. Sam...I will be escaping for the weekend with your latest release, but am still so moved by the beautiful Labrador collection! You have provided me an absolutely "complete" poetic experience and an amazing journey...this only tempts me to sneak a peak at the entire collection before I head out...but I know I wouldn't be able to stop...

  19. I typically like to point out my favorite lines, but they're all my favorites (and that is rare for me). This poem is perfect as a whole. You pull me into your ache, sorrow, and passion and allow me to feel through your body---the hips, the thighs, the lips. A tango desolado indeed. What a wonderful title for your book. I also love the cover. If I had to pick a favorite, I think it would be "impale these sheets," which conveys the intensity, frustration, and pain.

  20. Anonymous9:20:00 PM

    I am so admiring of your marketing energy, Sam. It's very tough, but you are doing great. k.

    1. Thanks Karin, it's all about the poetry...


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- Sonnets from the Labrador
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