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Of Departures, Distance, And Destination

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Janet Marie
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Of Departures, Distance, And Destination


Departure



I've always known my own limitations, just as I've
known I'm the only one who is capable of creating
those limits, just as I'm usually my own worst enemy.
I've also always found fascination in life's little ironies.
Along the way I've learned there is a fine line between
temptation and things just meant to be.

I'm accepting now that I'm just never going to get used
to this distance nor will I ever get good at good-byes.
Departure goes against my heart's nature;

Driving to the airport, praying an act of God would
somehow delay my flight, knowing it was going
to take a force of nature to give me the strength
needed to leave both you and the tides behind.

Saying good-bye was like amputation ...
as I surrendered to all degrees of separation,
it was in that moment, I knew ... without hesitation ...
I would have traded those tides for more time with you.

Watching you walk away, my body bruised by the
restraint I inflicted on it resisting running after you.
My heavy heart held me there ...
I missed you before you were ever out of my view.


Distance


How many moonlit midnight drives
must I make before one of these roads
takes me back to your tides of contentment?

How many early morning rides towards
the crimson sunrise will return me to the
rhythm of the wave's resonating reprise?

How many miles must I accumulate
before I can acclimate my spirit in
your blue breezes once again?

What purpose do these road trips serve
if they don't lead me in your direction?
Driving in circles without destination ...
every single white line counts off
another time that you are on my mind.

Every mile marks another moment that
this distance confines, keeping me from
where I left the best of me behind.


How many river roads can I travel ...
how many rocky trails can I hike that would ever take me to
the heights I knew standing shoulder to shoulder on a misty
mountain side, breathless from the view of blue sky and you.

How many creeks can I walk in, how many lakes can I wade?
How many river banks can I wander searching for another
invitation in the sand, needing constantly to be near
water in a futile attempt to recreate the way I felt
walking sunswept shorelines holding your hand.


Destination


So now I ride with one eye on the road and one on the moon.
If I drive directly into it will I end up on the other side?
Will it pull my tides to a dusk dusted shore saturated
in September's sultry solstice?

Did you know there is a star in the sky for every time
I have missed you? Yet I only need one to guide me back
to where I fell for you and for the ocean's hues of blue.
'Map Questing' the miles, trying to find the scenic
route to return to where I left my heart in the sand.
Watching the weather channel to see if the
sun is shining on your shoulders and shorelines.

My camera now exhausted trying to capture
just one midwest sunrise that could ever compete
with the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay reborn
in the reverie of an east coast morn.

I came back a different woman than I was before.
And isn't that the way it should be once witnessing
the waves, once walking on a sunrise seduced shore?
No longer content to be kept from the blue, each day is
another chance to be captivated by the colors, to covet the clouds.

Still I ride to where the roads rise, searching for a detour that will
deliver me to your aqua allure. Taken by a relentless urgency to find
my way back to the sea, I fill my days with respites on river banks ...
creek beds and sand bars, sunning on lake shores just to be close to the
influence of water, needing to immerse my spirit the constancy of waves.

Sleep only serves to keep me from the sunrise and the moon
as it makes its midnight reprise. From dusk to dawn I am driven
by my desire to see every sunset ... to wish upon every star ...
somehow finding solace in the knowing we share this same sky.

I have found ways to tide me over till I can return to the blue ...
but the one view I cant substitute is the blued brilliance of you.


                             


Moth Math
Distance back to the blue: 945 miles
124,608 white lines in 945 miles.
(132 broken white line segments in a mile)
Estimated 20 billion stars in the sky

~~~~~


"Baby, what is wrong with you and I? Every hello seems to echo goodbye.
The time we had it was barely a time to begin, and we've begun again.
And all I can feel now is distance between you and me. Endless miles without a smile on a face I can't see. When I can say, "I love you", but I can't make you believe me, because touching is believing.
And now I'm tired of waking alone in the night, nothing is wrong still nothing is right.
When I've got you I'm gonna hold on, tight."


Christopher Jac
Hold On Tight

[This message has been edited by Janet Marie (06-24-2003 12:49 PM).]

© Copyright 2003 Janet Marie - All Rights Reserved
Sunshine
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Sitting here in awe....
so coming back to take it in....

again, and again....
Duncan
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2 posted 06-24-2003 08:22 AM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

I must still be asleep, this has gotta be a dream....lol!!!  Be back when I wake up!  
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3 posted 06-24-2003 09:04 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:
Of Departures, Distance, And Destination


Departure


I've always known my own limitations, just as I've
known I'm the only one who is capable of creating
those limits, just as I'm usually my own worst enemy.
I've also always found fascination in life's little ironies.
Along the way I've learned there is a fine line between
temptation and things just meant to be.


I'm accepting now that I'm just never going to get used
to this distance nor will I ever get good at good-byes.

Departure goes against my heart's nature;

Driving to the airport, praying an act of God would
somehow delay my flight, knowing it was going
to take a force of nature to give me the strength
needed to leave both you and the tides behind.


Saying good-bye was like amputation ...
as I surrendered to all degrees of separation,
it was in that moment, I knew ... without hesitation ...
I would have traded those tides for more time with you.

Watching you walk away, my body bruised by the
restraint I inflicted on it resisting running after you.
My heavy heart held me there ...
I missed you before you were ever out of my view.


Distance


How many moonlit midnight drives
must I make before one of these roads
takes me back to your tides of contentment?

How many early morning rides towards
the crimson sunrise will return me to the
rhythm of the wave's resonating reprise?

How many miles must I accumulate
before I can acclimate my spirit in
your blue breezes once again?

What purpose do these road trips serve
if they don't lead me in your direction?
Driving in circles without destination ...
every single white line counts off
another time that you are on my mind.

Every mile marks another moment that
this distance confines, keeping me from
where I left the best of me behind.


How many river roads can I travel ...
how many rocky trails can I hike that would ever take me to
the heights I knew standing shoulder to shoulder on a misty
mountain side, breathless from the view of blue sky and you.

How many creeks can I walk in, how many lakes can I wade?
How many river banks can I wander searching for another
invitation in the sand, needing constantly to be near
water in a futile attempt to recreate the way I felt
walking sunswept shorelines holding your hand.


Destination


So now I ride with one eye on the road and one on the moon.
If I drive directly into it will I end up on the other side?

Will it pull my tides to a dusk dusted shore saturated
in September's sultry solstice?

Did you know there is a star in the sky for every time
I have missed you? Yet I only need one to guide me back
to where I fell for you and for the ocean's hues of blue.

'Map Questing' the miles, trying to find the scenic
route back to where I left my heart in the sand.
Watching the weather channel to see if the
sun is shining on your shoulders and shorelines.

My camera now exhausted trying to capture
just one midwest sunrise that could ever compete
with the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay reborn
in the reverie of an east coast morn.

I came back a different woman than I was before.
And isn't that the way it should be once witnessing
the waves, once walking on a sunrise seduced shore?
No longer content to be kept from the blue, each day is
another chance to be captivated by the colors, to covet the clouds.

So I ride to where the roads rise and bend in route to a view of
aqua hue. Taken by a relentless urgency to find my way back
to the sea, I fill my days with respites on river banks, creek beds
and sand bars, sunning on lake shores just to be close to water,
needing to immerse my spirit the constancy of waves.

Sleep only serves to keep me from the sunrise and the moon
as it makes its midnight reprise. From dusk to dawn I am driven
by my desire to see every sunset ... to wish upon every star ...
somehow finding solace in the knowing we share this same sky.

I have found ways to tide me over till I can return to the blue...
but the one view I cant substitute is the blued brilliance of you.

Some poets have ways of talking right to you, there are no watchers, no eavesdroppers, no witnesses to the truth one speaks when it comes from a heart so torn.

Some poets honor more than commitment, keeping trust sacred.

Some poets are simply remarkable.

I know a few remarkable poets.

I am looking at one right now.
Enchantress
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Somewhere in time~


4 posted 06-24-2003 09:20 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Janet..I am sitting here speechless
with the biggest lump in my throat.
I know when I read this once again, which I will immediately,
the tears will spill down my cheeks.
Very heartfelt, so full of longing, so full of JM.
A treasure, right down to the Moth Math, which really got me!
You are a treasure!
Hugs and love ya mothy girl.
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5 posted 06-24-2003 09:30 AM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

damn!

about the only word that comes to mind...and all I can seem to say... every time I have read it...it ends with me just staring at the screen and saying that one word...

Martie
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6 posted 06-24-2003 10:32 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Janet Marie....How do you reply with mere words to a piece of heart so open.  I can't, but you know.  :loveyou:
SEA
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with you


7 posted 06-24-2003 03:06 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Janet, you know, so many echoes of my own soul I feel here...without going in depth....I know I didn't get half way before I was crying

you are one gifted poetess.

You know I'm keeping this
Janet Marie
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8 posted 06-24-2003 06:34 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Kari ... your awe was humbling...your second reply took that to another level...
I only know how to write my heart, but so often now my words fail me. If you found your heart's reasons in this then I know I am doing something right. Your gracious compliments mean so much...thank you seems too little to say..but then you already know.

Dunc ... wake up.. and bring your attention span.

Nancy... my goodness!! thank you girlie for such a sweet and enthusiatic reply... you sure know how to make a moth smile.  Wasnt sure about the "moth math" ... almost didnt post it.. so thanks for letting me know it worked.

Ron  ... ROFL .... I had to smile when I read your reply...that "damn"  
could be taken many ways...damn this was long...damn I wish shed let me edit this...damn that moth does go on  LOL   All kidding aside..thank you poet sir...for you know that I DO know what you mean.. damn me all you like.

All I can feel is this distance between you and me.
I can say I love you but I can't make you believe me
because touching is believing.

c.j.

Janet Marie
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9 posted 06-24-2003 06:37 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Martie... you just did... and yes sweet poet.. I know that you know.
thank you dear one.

Susan ...thank you so much girlie-girl...I had a feeling youd relate to this...
and you gotta hear the song too..it aint easy being a moth   Im honored to be kept *L*.. thank you.


thank you to all for these wonderful replies...I was really unsure about this one..been working on it for a long time...
heck..Im STILL working on it...Ive edited it about 5 times now... lol

thanks for allowing me to see it thru your eyes

All I can feel is this distance between you and me.
I can say I love you but I can't make you believe me
because touching is believing.

c.j.

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10 posted 06-24-2003 08:29 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Girly? There's so much here I just want to take my time to read and reply. I'll be back. Guess I got a little busy, 'cause? There's people OUT HERE too.  
scorpio
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right...there


11 posted 06-24-2003 08:52 PM       View Profile for scorpio   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for scorpio

"Did you know there was a star for everytime I've missed you?"..Truly a write of love...it stirs the heart like the moon stirs the tides...wonderful!!

believe in what your heart feels...

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with you


12 posted 06-24-2003 11:46 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

"I'm accepting now that I'm just never going to get used
to this distance nor will I ever get good at good-byes
.
Departure goes against my heart's nature;

~~~~~~~~~

Saying good-bye was like amputation ...
as I surrendered to all degrees of separation,
it was in that moment, I knew ... without hesitation ...
I would have traded those tides for more time with you."

seriously, I just cry a river....
there's more...I'll be back
Janet Marie
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13 posted 06-25-2003 10:46 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

KA ... lol@ peeeepul take your time baby...I'm always around.

scorpio .. thank you so much...your reply reads like poetry
So nice to see you posting again. thank you for the lovely response..thats one of my fave lines too.


Susan ... lets cry us an ocean and sail away
Im enjoying you, enjoying this. thank you for coming back and letting me know
the words you feel... Ive had that verse written for about 9 months now...it really is the heart of the poem. thanks girlie

All I can feel is this distance between you and me.
I can say I love you but I can't make you believe me
because touching is believing.

c.j.

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I came back!  
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15 posted 06-25-2003 01:23 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

It's hard to add to all that deserving praise, but I'll try.

The imagery, the emotion, the way you seperated each part of the piece... just wonderful. Each part of the poem had an identity of it's own, but they tie up and flow together so easily. Personally, I can really relate to this piece, so I can say with all honesty that it moved me very deeply. Just beautiful...

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee

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16 posted 06-25-2003 02:37 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I love it all, but that opening verse made me smile real wide:

I've always known my own limitations, just as I've
known I'm the only one who is capable of creating
those limits, just as I'm usually my own worst enemy.
I've also always found fascination in life's little ironies.
Along the way I've learned there is a fine line between
temptation and things just meant to be.


You have captured that Gemini thought process, thought so fast it folds over on itself--I think of it as "hamster in the wheel" syndrome. Just all the twists and turns in the thoughts that eventually make ya wanna scream "ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHH"

Tee-heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, oh I love ya Jannie.

Again, it's like I'm inside your head. Or you are in mine. Made me wanna pace and chain smoke--you captured that quality for me.

Three poems, Jan. Heh heh. Congrats on the birth of your triplets.



I love reading you, because it is always so INTIMATE. I feel like this one was written on your pillowcase, using tears for ink.

love ya lady. Saving this, yanno.
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17 posted 06-25-2003 08:58 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

OK if I take my time too????  
Janet Marie
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18 posted 06-25-2003 11:39 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

LB... thank you so much...your reply was beautiful too...thanks for letting me know the flow and mixing of the three parts worked...I was worried bout that. TY

KA... you handing out cigars?? LOL ... this was one long labor...I've been working on this one awhile...So glad you understood that first verse...wasn sure if I liked that opening...all I needed was a sister Gemini to let me see it thru her eyes
and your tears and pillow analogy... now thats poetry.

Duncan???  Get off the porch and pee in the grass rofl

All I can feel is this distance between you and me.
I can say I love you but I can't make you believe me
because touching is believing.

c.j.

Sudhir Iyer
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19 posted 06-26-2003 07:31 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Saying good-bye was like amputation ...
as I surrendered to all degrees of separation,
it was in that moment, I knew ... without hesitation ...
I would have traded those tides for more time with you.

Watching you walk away, my body bruised by the
restraint I inflicted on it resisting running after you.
My heavy heart held me there ...
I missed you before you were ever out of my view.
--------------------
exactly!!!!

--------------------
Driving in circles without destination ...
every single white line counts off
another time that you are on my mind.
Every mile marks another moment that
this distance confines, keeping me from
where I left the best of me behind.

. I knew standing shoulder to shoulder on a misty
mountain side, breathless from the view of blue sky and you.

. needing constantly to be near
water in a futile attempt to recreate the way I felt
walking sunswept shorelines holding your hand.
--------------------

exactly again!!!!

--------------------

Still I ride to where the roads rise, searching for a detour that will
deliver me to your aqua allure. Taken by a relentless urgency to find
my way back to the sea, I fill my days with respites on river banks ...
creek beds and sand bars, sunning on lake shores just to be close to the
influence of water, needing to immerse my spirit the constancy of waves.

Sleep only serves to keep me from the sunrise and the moon
as it makes its midnight reprise. From dusk to dawn I am driven
by my desire to see every sunset ... to wish upon every star ...
somehow finding solace in the knowing we share this same sky.

I have found ways to tide me over till I can return to the blue ...
but the one view I cant substitute is the blued brilliance of you.

--------------------

exactly thrice!!!!

now you know what makes you thrice as much brilliant and even more...

you know how to pen what you feel in a most decorated way... to be you must be so special...

you are blued brilliance and tide taken

and you are celebrated and a celebration...



regards to you, my dear friend,
Sudhir
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20 posted 06-26-2003 12:14 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I knew there was something calling me over here... but it whispered so softly I didn't get here quickly. *S*

Watching you walk away, my body bruised by the
restraint I inflicted on it resisting running after you.
My heavy heart held me there ...
I missed you before you were ever out of my view.

Gulping over the knot of know in my throat...

This is superb, ma'am... yeppers, it is! *S*
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21 posted 06-26-2003 12:35 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Words so pwerful will surely cross any distance to their destination, Janet.  As for deparures, well they just plain suck, don't they?  This was heartwrenching to read in such vivid detail as I can remember all too well being on a quite similar road once.  (sigh).  Even so, it was really quite beautiful.  

I'm glad to see you're still the same old Janet Marie -- so full of emotion it just flows from you.  Don't ever change that about yourself.
Michael
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22 posted 06-26-2003 05:40 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

I've always known my own limitations, just as I've
known I'm the only one who is capable of creating
those limits, just as I'm usually my own worst enemy.
I've also always found fascination in life's little ironies.
Along the way I've learned there is a fine line between
temptation and things just meant to be.


every single white line counts off
another time that you are on my mind.
Every mile marks another moment that
this distance confines, keeping me from
where I left the best of me behind

I fill my days with respites on river banks ...


Sigh Janet, I don't have the words. Such a fine out-poor of your heart.

I'm keeping this.

Maree


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23 posted 06-26-2003 08:41 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Sud ... oh my, what can I say to such a generous and endearing reply but thank you THRICE *wink* You sure know how to make a moth smile ... thank you groovy guy...very very much.

Ruthie-girl ... yes... I know you know... and I know that knot well...I wrote the "departure"/airport verses back in Oct. and its taken me this long to be able to connect with the words and not choke on the emotional lump,
*sigh* ..   it aint easy being a moth you know. *smile*
I had to smile at your "whisper" ... was thinking this one was more like a runaway train. LOL Thank you so much girlie, for moseying on over here and finding me.

Michael ... HEY YOU!!!!!!! Do you know how wonderful it is to find you here!!
thank you so much for your kind words, you humble me and make my mothy heart smile ...thank you. So, any chance of getting to read some of your amazing rhymes? (you knew I would ask)
Hope life is treating you well my friend...I think of you often...you will always be special to me and many others here.

Maree ... thank you sweet poet girlie ... I am honored to be kept by you *L*
Im sure I am in fine company. Thanks so much.


~~~~

thank you again to all who came by and shared your thoughts with me.

All I can feel is this distance between you and me.
I can say I love you but I can't make you believe me
because touching is believing.

c.j.

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24 posted 06-26-2003 09:37 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

Seriously JM...there is but one word to express exactly what I feel after reading this true treat of tigerboy trip tales,  
TTTTTTT-errrrrific!!!!!  
 
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