I must write to you;
no, that is not right.
I must take you to myself,
a child who speaks of pleasures
you have never known:
looking through a sextant and
seeing at my feet a length of rope,
coiling like the sun.
Shall I say we were once becalmed
until the wind fell upon our sails
like your lovely hands
and we struck for home?
Is it possible that in the garden
you could not feel the passing of yourself
like a Creator before the only man
to view that loving face?
It is a wonder to a mariner
that longitudes can be erased and
the bounty of the earth
heaped inside my arms.
My dearest, I must embark;
I send this on other feet.
I will pace upon the roiling sea and
think that islands rising in the dawn and
winging friends from shore
are signals of your lift of me from dust
to follow in your wake.
— Charles Bane, Jr.
I Must Write is the latest installment in the serialization of Charles Bane Jr.'s 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Part of a years-long journey, where we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers.
Charles is also the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He created the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A new collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth is currently taking shape.
We thank Charles for his continuing contributions and wish him well in the publishing of a collection of short fiction entitled, For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Sequel And Other Stories.