The Loneliness of the Unrequited Lover

from Feathers of Faith by Steve 'Manifold' Anderson

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A triptych
* The Yew berry
* I Write to Forget
* Our Lonely Solitude


The Yew Berry

The joy of spring without its cleaning
Like Ramadan for the camel
I sit with indifferent muse
A stalwart in the constancy of a vacant stare
Waiting to hear love

An empty mirror
Longing to be looked into and admired
Frames perfectly the unrequited
Yet, let rainbow strike a glance
And reflectionlessness becomes a window bright
Vacancy a meadow of wild flower healing
That a hand was held
It must be
Or the yew berry shall be my only fruit

I Write to Forget

You should write more she said
Would that be that I might dwell less
Expression changes the event
The action, the emotion, the feeling
Transformed in the recollection
The word is not the voice, the letter not the word
The read not the written
Thus writing changes the writer
Reading, the reader
And the evening, the day
But now the pit of my stomach remembers only

Our Lonely Solitude

Who decides the manner of distress that warrants comfort?
Love comforts all
Ugly or rude
Love comforts
Weak or poor
Love comforts
Right and wrong
Love comforts

Our lonely solitude
The love of comfort denies the comfort of love

I was so proud of you
You said
I am so proud of you
I am

I love you
You said
I love You
I do
Then why does such discomfort?
The loneliness of the unrequited lover


from Feathers of Faith, released April 6, 2019
Steve Anderson - spoken word
Andy Wood - Grand piano


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Seeds of this collaboration were sown in 2010. Andy and Steve were bumping into each other’s performances at venues in Hebden Bridge. The acquaintance developed over some years and began to find a peculiar shared perspective.
Tentatively, playing together developed into the current work. A charity event; 'Poetry and Prostate’ created by Steve and Andy has been performed twice to date.
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