Missing You poems
Missing You Poems deal with various types of loss, though the absence of a loved one, either through death, the end of an affair or temporary absence, is most likely to trigger a poem. In ‘Akibat’, Fay Zwicky looks back to the early days of her marriage from many years of missing the loved one. In other cases, the poem laments the loss of the beloved as a result of the critical comments of family and friends, as in Anthony Lawrence’s ‘Theatre of Shadows’, or the end of an affair, as in Dorothy Hewett’s ‘Winter in Sydney’, where the poet’s loss is mirrored in the weather. In many other poems, the reason for the loss of the beloved is not made clear, with the poet focussing instead of the sense of desolation his or her absence has created. Jill Jones in ‘Without You’ looks at all the things that continue in her life but now lack meaning because of the loss of the beloved. In ‘Absence, Pearl Beach’, Geoffrey Dutton also describes all the objects and events that have gone with the beloved, while his ‘World Without You End’ is a good example of a short missing you poem. So too is Richard Allen’s ‘Scene from a marriage’, though in this case the emphasis falls on how much the beloved would be missed if she should leave.
In some cases the separation between the poet and the beloved is a more temporary one caused by overseas travel, as is the case in Les Murray’s ‘The International Terminal’. In Phillip Salom’s ‘Erotic Ghazals’ there is much more emphasis on the sexual frustration created by the poet’s absence from home. In some missing you poems the lost person can be a dead friend rather than a lost loved one, as is the case with Katherine Gallagher’s ‘Photograph’.