In Doubts

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In Doubts

By Tony DeLorger © 2103


In doubts of treacle like viscous sludge,

I wade with laden burdens grudge,

to destination both unsure, profound,

where answers hide and pain resounds.


I cannot stop this struggle forward,

I've tried to still my heart, but more would,

hold me here in this pool of grief,

without the slightest kind release.


And doubts still hinge my mind of question,

dragging spite and mis-direction,

grasping hard my wildest hopes,

and mincing them like flesh remote.


Until I squirm and writhe in pain,

the doubts that hold me scald my brain,

and every word of truth I've known,

just withers dead from lofty throne.


And shallow I who sees not dreams,

of all that I could possibly be,

without the doubts of foolish men,

applied to life my reverence send.


For I know my soul does wish it true,

to flight with all my dreams pursued,

and find in heart my words to bare,

all that haunts my life, I care.



Doubt is a fundamental part of decision making, but when doubts fill a mind to the point of inaction, they become an encumbrance and limit outcomes.

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you related Moonmaiden36. Thanks for taking the time to comment.


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Moonmaiden36 3 years ago

Yes Its terrible doubts. I have struggled with doubt for years and it really does hold you back and ruin lives. This is a great poem. :)


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed it Qudsia; nice to hear from you. Take care.


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QudsiaP1 3 years ago

Doubt such a tricky thing, sometimes helpful but mostly painful. Lovely portrayal of it Tony.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Justin, glad you liked it. I like to play with words and meter, different combinations of rhyme and see where it leads. The results are often surprising. Have a great day.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Nice job, Tony. I enjoyed this. Up and shared. Great use of rhyme. It doesn't sound forced at all.

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