Chains Underwater

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You used to float on the surface, with the grace of a leaf

Now you're sinking below the surface, your heart heavy with the past

Chains move like snakes underwater, wrapping around you

They pull you down, closer to the shipwreck

Above your head a new ship, radiant and sturdy

It won't wait for you, not forever

Break free and rise, or explode into water

Becoming one with the past you fear.

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James-wolve 4 years ago from Morocco

Very Beautiful and thought provoking poem.Thanks for sharing.I enjoy reading it.I voted u

Surely,when you cling, life is destroyed; when you hold on to anything, you cease to live. We should learn to detach...don't cling to things, because everything is impermanent... But detachment doesn't mean we don't let the experience penetrate us. On the contrary, we let it penetrate fully. That's how we are able to leave it... Take any emotion--love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what we re going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If we hold back on the emotions--if we don't allow ourselves to go all the way through them--we can never get to being detached, we're too busy being afraid.we're afraid of the pain, we're afraid of the grief. we're afraid of the vulnerability that love entails. But by throwing ourselves into these emotions, by allowing ourselves to dive in, all the way, over our heads even, we experience them fully and completely.we know what pain is.We know what love is.We know what grief is. And only then can we say, 'All right.we have experienced that emotion.we recognize that emotion. Now we need to detach from that emotion for a moment.


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Andy McGuire 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Well stated, James-wolve.


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writinglover 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

Very well written, Andy. My stepmom taught me the same message. Voted up beautiful!


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Andy McGuire 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks a lot. Yes, many a good thing has been ruined for me by those who are oblivious to the effect of their past heartbreaks and setbacks.


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Cathy Dudek 4 years ago

This is great! It is so important to let go of the past, otherwise you will have no room for the awesomeness that waits for you in the futre. Very well put.


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Andy McGuire 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks, I usually don't write heavy poetry for no other reason than I like to keep things funny most of the time. It's nice to hear I don't completely suck at it though!


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you...

Very meaningful and powerful. Sometimes we get so attached to something that makes us happy and it's hard to let go when they're gone. They could drown us to hell.

I think you need to meet a mermaid :)


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Andy McGuire 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks, though a mermaid might lack the necessary (human) lady parts that my romantic inclinations lean towards.


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you...

Unless they have a magical pearl or something to make them human LOL


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Andy McGuire 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

That would be cool. If only actual magic existed and not this metaphorical/allegorical magic, yawn.


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jravity1 4 years ago from bellevue, MI

Magic does exist, in the eyes of every child blah blah blah and some stuff. Nice poem though.

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