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Beyond the Storm (Jeffrey & Lonewolf's Challenge)

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Michael
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0 posted 05-14-2000 10:47 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

BEYOND THE STORM


Tattered and  torn, ragged and bent.
Emotionally worn and spent.
I ride this storm, this endless sea
Of deepest blue melancholy.
My vessel, shorn, an aging wreck,
I yet lead on from haunted deck
By a light in darkness seeming,
Past all points of human deeming.

Driven on by maddening force,
Search I this grim and ghastly course.
Hearing whispers upon each wave
Of ocean now an endless grave.
Between memory and repose
Of the sweetest virgin white rose,
Her sultry voice still calls to me
Lures me further unto the sea.

As heaven hides the blackened sky,
As every wish befalls a sigh.
And every star once shone afar
Merely holds now a sightless scar.
Cobwebs form here upon the eyes
Of darkling death in whispered lies,
As all now know the Specter's wail
But dare not chance me from the gale.

Yet from this Tempest of Dark Fate
Have I seen past this Mystic gate.
And from swirling seas of Despair
Can I see Truth awaits me there.
For Life is bold, for Love is warm
Shall I not drown amidst this storm,
But by very wings Hope flies on
Shall I grace the New Horizon.

Michael Anderson


[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 05-15-2000).]
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1 posted 05-14-2000 11:06 PM       View Profile for CSwtThng   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CSwtThng

Wonderfully written!!!

For life is bold, For love is warm
Shall I not drown amidst this storm
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2 posted 05-14-2000 11:40 PM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

Micheal, When i challenged you to write a poem on new horizons I never expected less than perfection and you completely blew me away (as always) Like it? That is an understatement m'friend

I LOVE IT

All my love,
Jeffrey

 I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

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3 posted 05-15-2000 12:13 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

I see hope creeping in, Michael, ever so slowly, makes me happy to see that.

Corinne
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4 posted 05-15-2000 06:44 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Michael~
This is just a stirring piece of work.
An art form such as this is proof of the immense talent you possess.
I'm very fond of the easy melodic flow
with which this one sings.
Nice job, my friend.
~*Marge*~


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5 posted 05-15-2000 02:46 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Tattered and  torn, ragged and bent.
Emotionally worn and spent.
I ride this storm, this endless sea
Of deepest blue melancholy.
My vessel, shorn, an aging wreck,
I yet lead on from haunted deck
By a light in darkness seeming,****
Past all points of human deeming.
--------------
Yet from this Tempest of Dark Fate
Have I seen past this Mystic gate.
And from swirling seas of Despair
Can I see Truth awaits me there.
For Life is bold, for Love is warm
Shall I not drown amidst this storm,
But by very wings Hope flies on****
Shall I grace the New Horizon.
--------------------

           ****
'Tis true you've sailed for too long on seas of misery,
you've know more than your share of the curses of destiny
Still your here and fighting, and your so much stronger than you know ...
hold on to the hope you have ...
while searching, for in time love will indeed show.

I'll hold your hand while you wait ... I'll not let you drown,
so many of us here care ... we'll not let you go down.
Storm clouds do eventually part and the sun will again shine,
I pray for you to grace those new horizons ...
and to know the love you do deserve ... I pray it to be divine.

jm
            ****


beautiful poem M, perfect imagery...
ya made me work hard to see the light and hope...
but I know its always there in you.
take care kind poet.
jm


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6 posted 05-15-2000 03:42 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

"I ride this storm, this endless sea
Of deepest blue melancholy.
My vessel, shorn, an aging wreck,
I yet lead on from haunted deck ..."


Quite an image here, m'friend -- chilling and tinged slightly with desperation ...

Not sure what the challenge was -- something about "New Horizons?"  Either way, I enjoyed ...  

--Me


 Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange...


--William Shakespeare, from The Tempest

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7 posted 05-15-2000 03:50 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Yes, there lies hope beyond the storm. Excellent writing, Michael, as always!

Denise
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CSwtThng, TY - glad you enjoyed.

Jeffrey, Well keep the challenges coming - I'm still lacking inspiration over here...

Corinne, Looking past the storm that seems to encircle was indeed the first step.  Long ways to go though.

Marge, that's quite a compliment - TY very much.

Janet, I am starting to believe in my own strength again, that was the point of the poem.  I can see my way out for the first time in (seems like forever)...  I can see what's been holding me back clearly now too.  Just a note, the new horizon I seek is not joy within another - but joy within myself - only in finding this will life be bold or love be warm.

Kess, the desperation I tried to show stems from where I felt I was - being sucked down by a circling storm.  The image I had hoped to leave here was one of personal triumph being achievable - no matter what you are confronted with... Ah, yes the word is "Hope".  Glad you enjoyed though.

Denise, Indeed.


Thank you all for the kind replies.

Michael
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Michael,
You far exceeded the challenge in my opinion!!  I hope you reach the peak of the new horizon and find that happiness.  Really love the last stanza.  So true...we must look ahead to put the past behind us so that we may move on.  Excellent!!  
LW
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Michael* This challenge brought out a beautiful side of you a side of hope that often eludes you in your writing, the saddness and pain are often there for us to call on  but to find the hope within the pain is a leap of faith...I see you have a flair for that as well...not that I had any doubts in your talents but you blew me away with this, you leap so well   !!
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Michael, I swear to the heavens above that our feelings are linked.  Just when I've begun to trust my own strength again, it appears that you are doing the same.  Stunning poem, complete with the dark desperation and the feeling of hope, both of which I can closely relate to.  I wish you the best and remember to hold on to that strength.  It's always there if you learn to look deep enough for it.  

 *Krista Knutson*

~We are only truly lost when we have lost ourselves~
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12 posted 05-16-2000 08:24 AM       View Profile for Irish Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Irish Rose

This challenge hit me like a ton of bricks. After just returning from the ocean, the first glimpse of the horizon over the water, and my life....where are the words and how in the world did you compose such a masterpiece? The only thing missing is the frame. Well, it truly doesn't need one. It's tremendous.

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As always, perfection. I think in the great book of poetry, your name and photo is going to be next to that word - perfection: see Michael Anderson.  Beautiful!
 
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