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The Traveler

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JerryPat2
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The traveler meandered down the dusty road
like an abandoned cur,
stopping momentarily
to gaze at a Broken Heart scattered here and there.
As he stared at what was before him
he likened it to nightmarish dreams.
Shading his eyes from a tremendous August sun,
the traveler peered off to the right
where a mortally wounded Psyche lay in the weeds,
baked into something calloused and hard,
no longer part of the poor soul it had come from.
To his left,
where he didn't have to shade his eyes,
rose a huge Mountain of Betrayal.
Hand-sized tears
tumbled down its weathered slope
to drop into a swirling vortex of optimism,
which reprocessed it back into betrayal,
forever recycling the sadness of man's Treachery.
The traveler closed his eyes and sighed.
Old Sol plunged behind craggy mountains
where it would soon retire for the night.

I can't do this.

He received no answer.
The traveler expected none.
Still, it was not silence which greeted his declaration,
faint Moans of Anguish could be heard
over the tormented pleas of a small child.
Male? Female?
He knew not.
It mattered not.
The pain was real.
He withstood it by keeping his eyes closed.
The road was familiar.
He had never been there, though.
Not in this life.
That was the thing, then.
Since everything seemed familiar,
if twisted and quite out of kilter,
the traveler had to ask the question.

Am I dead?

Far away he heard Shattered Hope screech.

Am I dead, or is this the way to The All-American Dream?

İFebruary 7, 2017 / Jerry Pat Bolton



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P.U Stinkenbaum
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1 posted 04-04-2017 11:07 AM       View Profile for P.U Stinkenbaum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for P.U Stinkenbaum

Whether as a dream or a metaphoric view of your (or anyone's) trials in life, I feel you closed door on it with a slam with this:
quote:
Am I dead, or is this the way to The All-American Dream?
Deep and engaging 'walk' with "The Traveler".

Pass the Glade if you're going to do that here...

JerryPat2
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2 posted 04-04-2017 11:56 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Yeah, it does seem that I closed he door alright, but there are more installments to come. Never know what they will hold.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~
P.U Stinkenbaum
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So...this is a continuing saga eh?

Pass the Glade if you're going to do that here...

JerryPat2
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4 posted 04-04-2017 12:46 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Yes it is, P.U . . .

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

Lori Grosser Rhoden
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Way to go Jerry, off on another poetic adventure! You always come up with something interesting to keep the ole noodle engaged. Good for you! ~L
JerryPat2
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Thank you sincerely, Lori. I appreciate your very kind words concerning my poem.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

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