In search of what ?

afterglow  by me ........
afterglow by me ........

What do we call ourselves anyway
as we've been
brazen enough to write it down
Standing on shore throwing wishes
out to the sea
and begging for a response

I think perhaps the poet is simply
born with a longing soul
A heart that can never
be pleased
and the soul grown tender from
too much of a lifes abrasive touch

I wonder too
is it only us loners who
become this way
In search of connections that
hold their passions
in view
for all too many to see

And all but the most important
one to realize
That it was I ......that couldn't
see my life
and my living

The words have all been penned
at least enough for everyone to
know me too well
Yet remaining is this need
to send another
bottle out to

not today
today I will merely
stand on this shore and
was it all worth it
the words
the wanting
the waste


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Beautiful, and funny at the end. To put those two together? Wow, that is fantastic.

Voted up my friend.

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful. I like the notion of a message in a bottle.

Way cool on the spell deal.

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Beth37 3 years ago

I love nautical themes. There's probably no better backdrop for a poem than the ocean. Your romantic soul is perfect for creating these poems. Im glad you found your calling.

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B. Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up and Interesting. I liked the poem. My understanding (and I am not very adept at poetry reading) is that it is a poem about the need to write poems.

I wonder in the second to the last line if 'waiting' would also work, with the meaning, "the words" (I write a note and put it in a bottle and throw it out to sea -- I write a poem and publish or post it); "the waiting" (I wait at the shore for an answering message in a bottle to float to me -- I wait for responses from readers that show that I made a connection and got an understanding response); the waste -- (I sometimes think it's all for naught, that I wait in vain). But then "wanting" is probably even better, since it implies a painful waiting because of longing.

Am I at all correct that it is a poem about the relationship betweeen poet and reader and what a poet needs and hopes for from readers and listeners? Or no?

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Beautiful writing on that hunger of a poet/writer. I totally relate to the feelings and needs you speak of.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, this is such a beautiful reflective piece here . . . and then . . . hehe

"Lieing" ? Aw, it was not lying to you until right there at the very end, but I know you did that on purpose. lol

Voted up +++++ and sharing

I'm sorry dear heart, am I so behind in all commenting, and I am trying to get caught up on all of the great writes.

Hugs, Faith Reaper

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

I love it! but for this mason who has lost his lifelong love and is facing a body which no longer works... Yes, yes, yes

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ImKarn23 3 years ago

omg..i was soooo 'feeling' it - until the LIEING comment! OMG!!

You are hilarious - and your poetry has evolved into something greater - and deeper - than it ever was before!

The 'afterglow' is stunning, annnnd - i ain't LIEING!


love ya Cowboy! Sharing, pinning, lovingxx

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Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

unless fom is a word, yes it is LYing to you lol good poem though.

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Careful....Ed.....Spell check can turn on us, like a mad dog!

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Oops~second paragraph, last line. I think you meant 'too', not 'to'. That darn spell check. LOL

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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Sweet Ed, I think you and I might've been soul mates in another life! :D ... I don't know, feels like you're writing about more than just words here, to me. I get it all, and I love it! It's all worth it Ed, every last bit of all of it!

I hit everything... even funny, thanks to that last sentence of yours! I was damn near crying... then you had to go and make me laugh!



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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Wonderful sentiments and much enjoyed. Passing this on. Hugs.

P.S. spell check missed one -

and the soul grown tender fom - from

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Joy56 3 years ago

found a bottle on da beach today was it from you................. it read fooled you. Was that or the poem the real man.............. Your poetry is awesome, and I don't know where you find the pictures but always awesome too

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ahorseback 3 years ago Author

Joy Thank you so much I took the photo outside of my old farmhouse here in Vermont ! Hey ,I bet the bottle was from me ! Did you feel a hug when you picked it up and opened it !.......:-}

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