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In Need of a Banquet

He gave me only crumbs to feed my soul
A famished heart in need, I asked for more
I could not please him for he was not whole
His heart was hers and he had locked that door

I longed to eat of banquet of his love
The night grew long and in my heart an ache
I hid my face and cried to God above
And prayed that by his grace I would not wake

A little kiss, a quick caress, a sigh
The rest was left for dreams to try to fill
The fervent plea of heart he did deny
My hope of passion’s fullness lingers still

Yet bounty of love’s banquet I must taste
Another one will feed me what I crave
My lavish heart like crumbs I will not waste 
For I must feast on love before the grave

Eileen Manassian
August 21, 2014
For Giorgio's Iambic Pentameter Contest

Today I read a poem by Jan Allison entitled, Free Bird, in which she wrote of 
being thrown some crumbs. My response to her: “We all need love and 
affection. Crumbs must turn to banquet soon.” Thus, this poem was born. ? 
Inspiration works in mysterious ways. Thanks Jan for the seed! Give Jan's 
poem a read. It is sweet.



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  1. Date: 8/21/2014 4:41:00 AM

    Well written dear lady, you write the most awesome love themes..
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 10:20:00 PM

    ''I longed to eat of banquet of his love'' went right over my head:) Still trying to grasp that line. Your poem is a unique expression, notably inspired by another fine poetess. I can't stand when these Ads on the side of the page cut off verses of poems. I can only see,Today I read a poem by Jan Allison entitled Free Bird, in which she wrote of being throw...." THx for you visit to the ebonics poem. I never enter contests, but that one was fun. My mom's maiden name is Black.
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 8:32:00 PM

    You are a master Eileen, I so very much enjoy reading your poetry, you are an inspiration and a creative...poet! awesome one!
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 8:01:00 PM

    An " Old Lady " you say, no no, you're a Fine Lady, pretty, passionate and brilliantly poetic...J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 4:17:00 PM

    Eileen...No man who feeds a special lady crumbs is worth the thought,the dream and love.If We make the best dinner for someone,and his payback gesture is to feed us his crumbs..Ow nah!!We are worth more than that.You 've been so insired by the amazing poem Jan written..Ow yes I love this outstanding result.Deep as your heart.
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 2:49:00 PM

    We all dream of the feast but many times are left with just crumbs....Wonderful Eileen...hugs Tim
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 1:51:00 PM

    May love save us from an early grave Eileen. This poem of love quest impells me to quote the great adage, " Waste not, want not..." a beautiful seeking in this write Eileen...J.A.B.
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 1:42:00 PM

    This is good. Sometimes we think we are going to have a banquet and wind up eating street food. We all deserve a banquet before we die. Today I'm feeling a little better. Many blessings... Lucilla
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 11:10:00 AM

    Wow, well done Eileen
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 10:21:00 AM

    A wonderful iambic pentameter filled with the essence of love! Never one should allow himself to receive only crumbs instead of what he/she deserves: A full banquet. For love is to offer the whole of ourselves to others and ask no less for ourselves from them! Excellent and thought-provoking.
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 8:46:00 AM

    Hey, Eileen! How are you? <-- you know I love your reply-comments : D When someone inspires us to write is just awesome ... and you're so kind acknowledging Jan. A starving lover? That's my speciality! LOL. Very well done (I particularly love the ending stanza). Ruben.
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 8:03:00 AM

    Sorry for spells Eileen! That nasty autocorrect did it my dear!
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 8:02:00 AM

    I lene this is an emotive masterpiece my friend , loved much, thnx for sharing! Thnx for sharing! I wud love to read ur inspiration now!
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 7:51:00 AM

    In that case, thanks to Jan for inspiring this powerful piece. You have a way of drawing in the reader to your experience and emotions. That's why I am hooked on your writing Eileen.
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 7:49:00 AM

    Eileen, Great words and awesome poem.. Now I must go check out the work that inspired!
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 7:38:00 AM

    WOW Eileen I am glad I inspired you with my simple words. Guess we all need our heart and souls feeding and refreshing from time to time. Am favouriting this:-) Hugs jan xxx