Desire Through The Ages

Desire Through The Ages



Since the beginning of time man has desired
And woman has given pleasure to his need,
Primordial urges were fulfilled when fired
By natural attraction, his urge to heed.

There was no language in the stone age of cavemen,
Man and woman had a sort of sign language way
Of expressing clearly what they were craving,
Without words, sounds were used for what they had to say.

Of course there are still good examples to be found
Of cavemen types in all cultures of the world today,
But, for the most part, humans have come around
To a more refined language to woo and sway.

Still it took quite awhile to learn about romance
And to grasp the emotions of feelings to sate.
But, back in primitive times there was the dance,
To express natural needs and choose a mate.

There eventually came the time when love
Became the first and most important reason,
For man and woman with blessings from above,
Then marriage was the best way to be pleasin’.

Throughout the ages marriage vows were sacred,
And the commitment was something to cherish,
But a change in society made those vows tainted,
And for many, sacred vows were not their wish.

What is to become of love, the core of life,
The one thing that held together matrimony,
Of a most blessed marriage for man and wife,
Is there no way of waking up and atoning?

There are many who are happy in their stand
On marriage, and may the high powers that be
Guide you and keep you always hand in hand
To give you many blessings, joy and harmony.

There are also many who so need to be loved
To know once again the natural desire
Of man and woman together, and be moved
When the heart and soul needs to quench the fire.

For those who are longing for that one beloved
Who will be by your side for all eternity,
Let not the desire control your whole life,
Follow your heart and dreams in harmony.


“Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon
your lips.”
– Kahlil Gibran

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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

6 thoughts on “Desire Through The Ages

  • January 7, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    How true this is..I think day by day we are losing the sacred values that hold together a marriage..We are no longer willing to make compromises and even the silliest reasons are so exaggerated that they ultimately result in a split up..I think we just have to give up searching for the perfect person and instead search for someone who accepts us with all our imperfections..lovely words Phyllis and I enjoyed reading this..Thank you for sharing..

    • January 7, 2017 at 11:05 AM

      You are most welcome, Anjana. I very much appreciate your kind words and lovely comment. You are so right about marriage and what has been lost over the years. I gave up searching for the perfect man and was able to let go and let it be, for I know love will come into my life if is meant to be. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this poem.

  • January 7, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    I agree, love in many ways has been maligned and the true gift it brings so misunderstood these days. Beautifully evocative and thought-provoking as to the true nature of love. Lovely work Phyllis. And a wonderful quote from a wise master.

    • January 7, 2017 at 4:57 PM

      Thank you, Tony. I so so glad you like it. Appreciate your kindness and support. I love Gibran’s works – he was a wise master, yes.

  • January 8, 2017 at 2:54 AM

    Lovely poetic thoughts from beginning to end and left me with a smile. Fantastic last line – Follow your heart and dreams in harmony

    • January 8, 2017 at 3:42 AM

      Oh so glad you like it, Rasma. I always love to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind words. Take care.


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