What becomes of a desire,

When unsatiated,

When unfulfilled?

Does it remain,

A titillating force,

To drive us onward?

Will it one day wither,

When it becomes clear,

It can never be achieved?




About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on January 5, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. I think, perhaps, it floats on the ether, waiting to dropdown on another passing, dreaming soul.
    A great questioning poem.

  2. I feel if you satisfy it; one day it will return with a stronger hunger because you experienced it.

  3. I am of the school of thought, by Wuthering Heights and Life Experience, until we shed our mortal commitments it shall never be met nor satiated.

  4. Desire unfulfilled, just haunts you every night, being both a source of restlessness and a source of rest, something you return to again and again. Perhaps if it were fulfilled it wont burn you as much any more, perhaps in its remaining unfulfilled, the thirst for life and something not yet achieved keeps you alive…

  5. ah desire that wonderful rush that keeps us sparkling , well i really do believe that if one focuses on there deepest desire and that desire is not met is slowly dies and can destroy a lot of spark in one,s soul so for me I have learnt to go out and seek something desirous , the word so does not sound right but

  6. seek seek and the next desire will unfold , it can be hard to convince ourselves that the world will offer us more and more wonderful things that we desire and depending on our zest for finding it , our thirst to drink of its fountain again and again can keep us sparkling if you like . Lovely poem and reaches into many memories for me when I probably did not have the remedies I mention now of searching and searching to find my desire . Happy Days to you.

  7. Beautiful poem! Sometimes, desire can take over our lives. It can kindle a flame that is dangerous to us, but perhaps it is the effort and time we invest to control it that makes us human.

  8. It withers. Like everything else, it has its end. It may take some time, but Time will have its way.

  9. Happy New Year!

    When I read some of your themes in your poetry I always think of you as someone who is constantly searching for something more…my friend never stop for those who search find and those who knock the door is answered.

    God Bless!

  10. An unfulfilled desire is divine. It is a powerful pointer towards freedom from desire.

  11. I suppose it all depends on how deeply ingrained the desire is. Excellent piece. 🙂

  12. An unfullfilled desire can be maddening. It can drive us to obsession and insanity. But when we can accept that it is what it is and in life there will be dissapoinments it can be a great learning experience. Like a mirror it will show us deep insights into our own self. Really thought provoking poem 🙂

  13. Reblogged this on muaddib012 and commented:
    How our hearts yearn for What we desire.

  14. Great poem, and thank you for visiting my blog as well! Your poems remind me a lot of my own… i feel like you explore the sames ideas i do in very similar ways. 🙂

  15. This reminds me of A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes…

  16. As my hair moves a little more each day away from black into into grey-scale I am beginning to think that the desire will never leave me. It has at times been on the edges of me just out of conscious reach. And at others it has been a consuming fire radiating from the center of of being demanding attention, sometimes tyrannical in its demands on me. It has also been at every point in between. It has moved me to both create and destroy. And as I move over the hill I think that in the end it will finally take me to the place it has always hungered to be. But even now like Abraham “I go out not knowing where I go,” and that is beginning to be OK with me. 🙂 Good work.

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