Wanting & Waiting


I’m wanting

In this room while

Thinking my body

To your room

I hear you breathe

Through paper thin walls

Hear you toss and turn

Between stiff sun dried sheets

Wondering if my fingers

Would make a sound

Trailing the length of your body


I’m waiting

In this room while

Thinking maybe

You know what it’s like

To be water

Washing over words

Written in sand

Stranger who can forget my name

Or walk away

When we’ve finished


Melissa Fry Beasley is a Humanistic poet of Cherokee origin, who resides in Oklahoma. Through the written and spoken word, she examines the gap between the ideal and the reality involved in living in our world during this time. Her work is both personal and subjective, yet she does not turn aside from the political and social issues of her environment. She is a woman who seeks to express her individual perspective and needs while accepting the diversity involved in questions of gender, race and culture. Melissa believes that change is necessary and deploys her writing to reflect her personal experience in the wider sociopolitical context. She is Literary Editor for Churn: an Art, Music & Fashion Magazine and is a columnist at Yareah Magazine.