My Irritations, Aggravations and Inspirations

June 19, 2011 “Virginia dreams…”

“Virginia dreams…”


I walked into the midst of a river

to feel the cleansing water flow

to lay upon it my pain

to let it take my fear

a smothering blanket of sorrow


 to cast upon its waters

what haunts my darkening soul

hidden prides and disappointments

unforgiven sins

that have taken a telling toll


 to somehow loose the stains

that have tarnished me too long

the stigmata and bruises

and like stones let them sink

to the bottom where they belong


 I lingered in the sparkling waters

in the wash of a relentless stream

I felt the water coursing

as I looked below the swirling surface

I knew it was only a dream


 for the longer I stood in the current

the more I saw what I did not wish to see

I felt only a bone-chilling cold

for the man I saw in reflections

was the same man who walked in with me


 when you find yourself standing by the water

if you think of me then you will know

in a sparkle, a splash, or a swirl

I gave myself freely to the river

and forever ride on the ebb and the flow

©tlh 6/19/11

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7 responses

  1. The poem conveys the search for a new beginning …but ends with disappointment in that quest…a sad but beautiful poem…crafted so very well.

    June 19, 2011 at 7:40 pm

  2. Oh nicely but sadly beautiful….the soul finds a peace in writing…I pray you find that peace…that is why I write – for my own soul…nice to get over here and visit – thank you for the trip to Virginia…bkm

    June 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

  3. Dark. Why the last two poems with such a different tone, if you would be willing to share.


    June 20, 2011 at 12:27 am

  4. Lovely poem, Tracy. I’ve been wondering how you were doing. I hope all is well with you.

    June 20, 2011 at 7:39 am

  5. Thanks, Charles, BKM, Gloria, and Patti…for your kind comments, I truly appreciate them.

    Patti…all is well, all things considered. Thanks for visiting 🙂

    Gloria, in answer to your question; I was exploring some feelings of my own as well as thinking of some feelings and actions of others when I did these last two pieces. They are decidedly dark, and so for me in general they were more of a “stretching” exercise. I’m trying to learn to write more true about all of my feelings, and not just the really nice ones. Like BKM said above…it’s soul therapy.

    Tracy H

    June 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

  6. lifeinarecipe

    Looking into water is like looking in a mirror, but moving water, either crashing waves or rippling currents have a way of mirroring emotions. You have combined the power of both beautifully with this soul searching poem.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    • Thanks so much, Cindy, for coming to read my work, and for the lovely comments 🙂 I enjoy each of them.

      June 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

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