Journey's End--A Poem

At the edge

All but forgotten
All but forgotten
No one understands me
No one understands me
Which path will be mine?
Which path will be mine?
A dreadful nightmare
A dreadful nightmare

Journey's End


I’m all but forgotten

I live all alone

No one understands me

I am an unknown


Life’s path leads me forward

I walk without care

I move toward the forest

Risk on a dare


The road is in shadow

I can’t see the light

No one to guide me

When day turns to night


I soon lose my way

Despair holds me fast

No hope of salvation

This dare is my last


I played all the games

Until I grew tired

I surrendered a soul

Too long uninspired


The trail splits ahead

Which path will be mine?

The shortest of course

I’ve run out of time


I’ve come to the end

None to placate me

No place to call home

No road to safety


I walk to the edge

My moment of truth

Hope gone from my heart

Fled with my youth


I stand at the brink

Unwanted, unloved

I jump from the edge

I am not shoved


I awake with a start

Glad to be aware

That all this was just

A dreadful nightmare



Life is good


When I wrote this simple verse, my mind was drawn to a poem written several weeks ago by H.C. Porter entitled, “The Rain Drips from her Fingertips.” If you are not familiar with her work, I invite you to follow the link to read her poem in its entirety. She wrote in such a poignant manner, “Perhaps the world has already gotten the best out of me.” That was very much how I felt while writing these words. For the first time in my life, I found myself believing I have less to offer the world than I once did. When did I reach the top of whatever mountain I was climbing? Why do I notice the descent far more than the upward climb? Am I alone in feeling this way? I suspect not.

Life is good. The thoughts expressed here are linked to my sometimes-heavy heart, but melancholy and I are not inseparable. There are good days and bad days, and sorrow can become the impetus for seminal events. Perhaps this is one of those moments…..

Thank you for reading.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Dear Mike - I was getting worried for you until I read your last quatrain that you were dreaming.

But you are not alone in having good moments as well as sad ones. That's part of life. The trick is to make the good days arrive more often than the bad, and to focus on the things in your life that make you the happiest.

So here's my toast for you: "May you live as long as you want. May you never want as long as you live."

I also have an alternate second line for that toast but this is a family site.


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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

Some people never wake up from their nightmare. Others simply accept it as a way of life. Their dreams left behind long ago in their daily toil at the gristmill called survival


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

drbj, thanks for your comments. I will confess to having had better days than I've had recently, but hopefully things will improve before long. I appreciate your toast, alternate second line and all.

Here's to us all, and thanks very much.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

SilentReed, thanks for stopping by. You're right, of course--some of us never do wake up from their nightmares and they are indeed a way of life. Survival can often do that to people, and it is unfortunate when life squeezes all there is out of us.

Survival is tricky stuff. Thanks for stopping by.

Mike


Lecie 6 years ago

i have been feeling the same way. i do live alone right now, so i just made an extra effort to make a new friend, he's been coming over after work and talking to me for hours. this morning when i woke up i realized that i do not live alone. we all live on earth therefor i'm never alone. i simply just had to reach out to another one of earth's occupants in order to feel like i was no longer alone. i love your poem, it's very well written. like i said it described my feelings very well until i made the effort to see the big picture of earth.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Great poem Mike, it reminds me of my dark periods. I guess none of us are immune to them. I am glad you wrote life is good after the poem lest we forget - remember your writing inspirers many when you think you are on that road alone.


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I love this write... haunting, relatable.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

"For the first time in my life, I found myself believing I have less to offer the world than I once did"

I found that as I drifted past 50 something about the midlife crisis kicked in and just like you wrote above. I felt this dark cloud hovering over me daily. I was asking myself where do I go from here? What more is there? what do I have to offer anyone anymore? where am I heading? I'm on the slippery downside slope of life.

These were all nagging observations and driving me mad, then tranquility set in and realization kicked in. Hey Ken be yourself, don't worry be happy, show it on your face to others. Wake up every morning being happy that your still alive and have more to offer.

Only in different ways, the career path is over, set a whole different set of goals. Goals like reaching out and touching someone else and helping them reach their goals and aspirations. Making the planet your occupying a better place before you leave it. Being thankful every waking day that you can plant both feet on the floor every morning and thank God for granting you another day.

Looking around and seeing all the people who have nothing including health and helping to make their lives better if you can. Acts of kindness daily. Any ways Mike I don't want to make this a hub, just giving my two cents, keep going on doing what your doing.

Hey look at your hubscore you are a consistent 100 hubber, surely your proud of that, we are:0) You have so much more to give and a wonderful writer and poet you are, so keep hubbing and be kind to yourself, you have a lot more to offer than you think. Peace and a big hug and pat on the back from the saddle.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lecie, thanks for reading. I suspect many people feel the way I felt when writing this--it is easy to feel alone. I am glad to hear you found a new perspective and can look at life in a positive way. That is important for all of us.

Thanks again for reading, I appreciate it greatly.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

John, thanks for reading and for your kind words. We do indeed all fall prey to our darker thoughts and feelings--at least some of the time. Mine have perhaps been intruding a tiny bit more often of late--so it goes. Life is good, and we can see it if we remember to look.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Poetvix, thanks for your kind words. I suspect many folks share the feelings of isolation expressed here--I wish it weren't the case. I appreciate your reading and positive feedback. Thanks again.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Saddlerider, thanks for your comments. They were exactly what I needed. I've been thinking a lot about my career lately, and it hasn't put me in the best of moods. It is easy for me to get down, especially when things haven't been going all that well lately. I guess the sun does rise again, and it will be out there if I look for it.

I truly appreciate your comments. You have a lot of wisdom, my friend. Take care.

Mike


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

At first I thought I wrote this. Of course there will be a brighter day tomorrow- before the total eclipse!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hey, Micky! Sounds like something you wrote, huh? Hope you're in a better place than I've been in lately--and that tomorrow is brighter for us all--eclipse notwithstanding....

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

saddlerider1, made a reflective comment. Thanks, I identified with your feelings and your reaction to them. Mike,great selection of topic and words!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Dallas, thanks for reading. Saddlerider's comments display much wisdom, and I'm grateful for his support. I appreciate your stopping by and leaving a comment, as well. Thanks for the kind words.

Mike


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Mike,

I love your heart and you pour it out like a vintage glass of wine.. What I see here is aged wisdom that recognizes change needs to occur. I have reached that "dropping off" pinnacle at various times only to find that it wasn't the end or the edge I had thought but the catalyst for - as you say "Seminal Events" For people who create sometimes the edge moves us to the point of new developments. You have a powerful creative tool called writng and when you share your heart it opens doors for those who read ... I am praying that as this journey ends a new one will emerge that has more significane and meaning than you could have ever imagined. blessings to you

CS


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

CS, thank you for your response and your compassion. I am at the edge of something but do not yet have the clarity to see what it might be. It is time for change, and I hope I have enough left inside to do whatever needs to be done. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind words, and your good wishes and prayers on my behalf. I am truly grateful.

Mike


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

Mike- this is such a beautiful expression of how depression can render a soul. Mike many I have felt this far too much in my life. You are right, even though it can sometimes feel like "The world has already gotten the best out of me", life can also be beautiful and uplifting in so many ways. Thanks for sharing this-I found myself tearing up while reading it, because I can feel the words so close to my soul

HC


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Many people have or will share feelings as you have so aptly expressed and hopefully concentrating on the positives in life (as saddlerider1 mentioned) will focus one's attention on what is really important. Wishing you better days ahead and here is a virtual hug via this link on hubpages. Many of us care about you!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Mike-I've been there when sorrow was my only friend. I do know about "...hope gone from my heart, Fled with my youth." But each day I try to rise up and overcome the self-pity-if you know what I mean! ;)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

HC, thanks for stopping by and for leaving such kind words in comment. I am so appreciative of your response, and also for allowing me to refer to your own work.

I have been riding a little wave of depression recently, but I have never forgotten how much life holds for us. Perhaps the bad moments really can lead us to something good. Thanks again.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Peggy, much thanks for the kind words and support--you're one of the good ones in my book. You're correct, many people have and will share the feelings I've expressed, and it is important to look ahead toward better days. Thanks again for your kind comments.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lorlie, I know exactly what you mean. I was much of a fan of Led Zeppelin and their song "Stairway to Heaven," but I always did like one line in it:

"...and a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter."

I am trying to stand long and greet the new day.

Thanks so much for your comments, as always they are appreciated.

Mike


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

The emotions expressed in your poem are very strong. I could feel every one in every line. Wonderful thought provoking piece


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Viking, thanks for reading and for your kind words. I appreciate them very much. Have a great Sunday.

Mike


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

This isn't just a Hub. Its a deep part of your Heart and thanks for sharing it with us. A very touching Poem. (I also visited H C Porter - Thanks).

For you Mike:

"The Best is yet to come".

Regards, Elena. :)


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Teddletonmr 6 years ago from Midwest USA

Thanks for the poem Mike, still waters run deep...


kellieshell 6 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Life really is good. Hopefully more people will see life as sweetly as you.


kellieshell 6 years ago

I also loved the pictures!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

You see Mike when you feel like you are heading into a deep abyss and darkness all around you and the storm is building up. That's when you have to take a step back and look deep within yourself and think of all the good in you and how much your loved, not only by your family but all of your friends.

The best advice for someone who is feeling down is to reach out and talk to someone and express your inner feelings in word, like you have done here. Look at all the lovely comments left by hub friends who care about Mike Lickteig.

Believe me when I say this Mike you are not alone in dark moments and by sharing here you have reached others who have been or are presently going down that road. So my friend, know that you are loved for YOU and be strong and whatever you are going through right now in time will soon pass. God bless and keep moving forward. Peace


Nithin R S  6 years ago

This is a well narrated poetry. I liked the emotions and expressions. Nice poem.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

Hi Mike,

This is beautiful!

I think we all pass through stages like this but we all get going again. Yes, life is good!

Thank you for sharing yourself to us Mike.

God bless!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

Mike. this is a wonderful lhub, I loved your poem, it had soul like a poem is suppose to hace. Poets are people who been through a lot, the good ones anyways. They been through hell and back, that is why they can express the soul of life. You my friend are a great poet! You see, a great poet does not need to be famous, all a great poet has to do is use words to touch the souls of mankind. You my fried do just that, therefore; You are a great poet!

Now,being a great poet and touching so many souls, when all is done and told, you are worth more then your weight in gold! My brother, I love you! ~aloha nui loa~


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Life is a cabaret my friend. This is just a mere fraction of the show, the curtains drop, and tomorrow start with a new chapter. We all have this kind of moments, but not in a dream. Sigh,.... this is part of us growing, I suppose. Not nice, but neccesary! Like eating the spinach and the pumpkin, when you only wanted to have the ice-cream. Good poem, full of emotion.


Just A Voice 6 years ago

Mike~

Your poem touched my soul and I hope that your time in the darkness is brief and like the end of your poem, it will pass as quickly as a dream once awakened.

I, one of many, enjoy your work so much and look for your comments on my own because they always are a balm to my soul. This is only a moment in time, and that while the path is lonely, you are not alone.

I wish you peace my friend.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Elena, thank you and I sincerely hope and pray the best is yet to come. For myself, I am doing what I can to make that the case--but there is much left to be done.

Thank you so much--I am always appreciative of your kindness and support.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Teddletonmr, thanks for stopping by and reading. Come back any time, my friend.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Kellieshell, thanks for reading. I appreciate your kind words about both my writing and my artwork. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Saddlerider, thanks for coming back by. I will confess I am surprised and humbled by the outpouring of support from so many folks here. Sometimes I feel almost invisible, and when I do in fact learn that what I say or do is noticed, it frequently comes as a shock to me. I am grateful for the friendship and caring of so many people that have stopped by, and I am looking forward to better days ahead. Thanks again--you truly are a wise man.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Nithin R S, thanks for taking the time to read my work and leaving a comment. I am grateful. Have a good evening.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Jill, thanks for reading. I think we do all reach points in our lives when we feel the way I have lately--hopefully no one has to dwell too long in these dark places. Life is indeed good, and I am doing what I can to make each day better than the one before--a day at a time. Thank you.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Sa'ge, thanks very much for your kind words. I am grateful to know that what I write affects others in a positive way. Your gracious comments had a similar effect upon me--I am touched and humbled by your kindness. Thanks again for stopping by and reading.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Equealla, thanks for your comments. They brought a smile to my face. As I sat reading I asked to myself, "Why can't I just have the ice cream?" I guess it doesn't work like that, does it?

I am ready for the next chapter--there is so much yet to be written. Thanks so much for your kindness.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Voice, thanks for stopping by. You are always such a comfort and a blessing--I appreciate your encouragement on my pages, as well. These seem like some tough times for both of us, and I hope brighter days are ahead--I think we can both use a break.

Thanks, Voice--may tomorrow be better for both of us.

Mike


Just A Voice 6 years ago

Mike~

I don't know what's going on lately, but it does seem to be strife and despair around every corner...doesn't it?

I'm with you...a break would be soooo welcome.

Sometimes I just think I can't bear anymore. I plod through my day and get through my night and think the next morning...really? Another day of this?! But damn it all, I still believe it will get better.

And if tomorrow isn't better than we'll kick it's butt into next week and on Thursday beat it to a pulp if it still hasn't shaped up.

I don't know much, except that I treasure your encouragements and hope that I return them to you.

Peace to both of us.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hi, Voice. Yeah, there is a lot happening lately. The nights are pretty tough, it is hard to sleep more than a few hours unless exhaustion kicks in. I hear you when you ask, "another day of this?"

It is only 8:30 AM, though--I guess there is still time to make the day better. I hope it is a good one for you.

Mike


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Mike- Every day is a journey, we walk, we run, sometimes we move towards the next destination with joy. and sometimes we approach it warily, slowly and completely unprepared. I guess my point would be for as long as we can move the journey doesn't end; everyday is what we make it, and there is never a day that we don't have something to offer someone............ and that my friend may be something as simple as a smile!

It was only a dream, but the poem it inspired was quite beautiful.......... sad, but beautiful........... keep moving........... there's always something new around the corner. Maybe you'll find that smile :-) Kaie


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Kaie, thanks for your gracious and insightful comments. You are correct, the journey does not really end and there is still much in all of us left to offer--even for folks like me who are a little older now and a bit less agile--both physically and mentally. It was, after all, just a dream......

Thanks again, you have a wonderful way of looking at things.

Mike


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Awesome poem. I understand that feeling, and I hope waking up to find out there's life and hope after all, was a wonderful thing.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Paradise, thanks for stopping by. It is indeed a new day (albeit a very warm day for us in Kansas) and things are better. Thanks again.

Mike


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Great surprise, I love those, I did one waking from sleep and I believe Nell said she did too, don't know if hers is on here. Mine just wrote itself, I had no plan for it, did you? I never did poetry before I came here and now if I had time I would be at it daily. That was deep, very good.

Polly


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hi, Polly. Nope, I didn't plan this, it just came out. I still am self-conscious about posting poetry because mine tend to be fairly simplistic--in composition if not subject matter. I do enjoy writing it, even if I am nervous in sharing it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Well that must be just how it is, we come here and put ourselves out there, and I am never happier than seeing what my fingers had to say and it was good. Sometimes it is just OK with promise and I work on it. Sometimes I wish I hadn't posted it and take it off. I learned to go see after being here forever though and seeing like over 500 people have read something but I don't have many comments. Just knowing that many took a look though I want to be serious enough to make them not be sorry. It is great though when something surprises us and writes itself, you have to admit it's a good feeling and never worry over it, maybe someone needed just those words. I haven't seen anything bad you have written, as you said I don't comment on all your hubs, but I read them. I have already made such a fool of myself I am way past nervous. lol

Polly


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Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Hi Mike. I'm no poet, or critic of poetry, but I enjoyed it. It does seem we all go through periods of darkness. The trick is to not get stuck there. As one of your commentors said, we are never really alone. I hope and pray that your trials work themselves out soon. All the best!


seraphim11 6 years ago

beautifully written!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Polly, thanks for coming back. Sometimes the words do just come out, and we are surprised by what we have created--drawing and painting is the same way. It is pretty cool when something good comes out that we didn't expect. I will admit that for some reason, I tend to be down when I write in verse. I need to see if I've ever written a "happy" poem.

You certainly do not project poorly when you write--I enjoy finding new hubs from you. I always read and think about what you have said and I can't imagine anyone being sorry for stopping to read your work.

Thanks again, Polly, it's always nice to find you here.

Mike


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jambo87 6 years ago from Outer Space / Inner Space

Wow, reading each line, I was gripped with anxiety, the perfect effect. Loved it, rate up!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Allan, thanks for stopping by. As I mentioned elsewhere, I have certainly had better days than these--but I've had worse days, too. Hopefully things will change for the better in a more permanent way soon. Thanks for stopping by, and for your kind words. Take care.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Seraphim, thank you for reading. I am glad you enjoyed my work.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Jambo, I appreciate your stopping by and offering a comment, you are very kind. Take care.

Mike


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Mike I have felt this way many times sometimes I feel like I have lived long and a satisfying life and sometimes the reality of probably having more years behind me than in front of me will really get me into a panic so I try not to worry about it anymore but I certainly know how you feel. Love your poem, love your art. You are talented. bye the way I think I am living closer to you now We just moved to Missouri for a new job. LOL. Cheers and blessings.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Mike-I feel like I know you better after reading this poem. We all have so many sides to us and all of us face times that are difficult. You are a gifted poet and I thank you for sharing this with your hpages friends. God Bless and I will watch for more great poetry.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ladyjane, thanks for your comments. I have to admit I would feel better if things were a little more secure for me, but the last few years have taken their toll. One day at a time helps--it is simply a matter of surviving each day. Thank you for your kind words about both my poems and art.

If you moved to Missouri, you are no more than 5-6 hours away from way I live, even if you are on the eastern edge of the state. If you moved to the western part of Missouri, you are an hour or two away. Hope you enjoy the Midwest.

Thanks again for your kind words.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Minnetonka Twin, thanks for reading. We all get a little nervous when we publicly share a piece of ourselves that comes from deep within our hearts and souls. Your kind words makes it a lot easier to do so. I am appreciative of your understanding that there are many sides to life. The side of life on display here was darker and more earthy, but no less real. Thanks again.

Mike


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

That was a great poem. I too am going through a tough time right now. I know it will get better. It always does. The saying is: What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. Sometimes I don't feel any stronger. I always come back to read your poems. Thank you for sharing Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Granny's House, thanks for reading. Like you, I'm hanging in there but not feeling a whole lot stronger. Hopefully things will improve soon. I appreciate your stopping by and hope things get better soon--for both of us. Thanks again.

Mike


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mike,

I forgot to mention the wonderful artwork that you inserted into this hub in my first comment. It added tremendously to the effect. Loved the Micky Mouse ears on that last one. Guess we both grew up with the Micky Mouse Club?

I am still mourning the death of my dear mother. Not only were we mother and daughter, but also best friends. The last 3 1/2 years we also lived together. Now all my immediate family is gone. Thank heavens for my husband or I'd feel like a dinghy in an ocean with no oars. I do believe in the next life and that makes death at least somewhat bearable.

Reading all the comments, you certainly have many friends here on hubpages who care about you. Count me as one of the many!


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kai777 6 years ago from Chicago

That was beautiful. I really liked " played all the games, Until I grew tired, I surrendered a soul, Too long uninspired" I totally agree that there are good days, and everything has an opposite, so of course there will be bad days too. Be Blessed!


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

We are all so glad too mike! unbelievable, dang i almost cried, and now to just rid of this lump in my throat! OH, i know.................

Life’s path leads me forward

I walk knowing many care

I move toward the forest and heard

Risk anytime if you dare

In I walked black and endless

This fear is strong and unfair

Thankful a dream was this mess

Maybe a flash now here and there

Only a reminder to see the rest

And reminded how so many many care!

Though I hear you Mike, I really do xo

Kimberly


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

btw just ordered Dream World!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Peggy, thanks so much for your kindness and appreciate your comments about my drawings and paintings. I am close to my parents also; I have been lucky to have them in my life for so long. When their time finally comes, it will be very difficult.

I don't even remember why I placed Mickey Mouse ears in that painting, but I did watch the television show when I was a kid. The fascinating thing about Walt Disney was that he had no niche--everything was fair game for his show and his theme parks. I think that is fascinating and cool.

I so much appreciate the outpouring of support from the folks here--it is humbling and I am grateful. Thanks again to you, as well.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Kai, thanks for reading. Too many days I feel as if I have surrendered my soul--too many more I feel I am living a dream and will wake up any moment. I move forward and the days do get better. Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Kim, what you wrote was so beautiful and counterbalances my own poem so wonderfully. You took my thoughts and looked at them in a new way; the nighttime turned to day. I am always honored when you read and comment on my work, and this was so special. I might have to add it to my piece (as you did my own comments before) if that is okay. Thanks again for the magnificent words--I am truly moved.

Mike

Dream World--cool!


mia 6 years ago

Great Poem Mike! Everyone has these moments and to be able to express it ..like you do...wow!! Thats half the battle and you are winning this battle beautifully!!if you ever would like a chat or to email....imamiatamom at yahoo is the way....I always could enjoy a new friend and sometimes we need anothers insight and encouraging words...I know I do.....but left alone. great poems are made.

I hope you feel much brighter.....and see yourself as the great man and witer ..that I See within you!

Mia


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Mia, thanks for reading. I appreciate your support and understanding. I sincerely hope I am winning this battle--at times things have not been easy. Your encouragement is kind and extremely gracious. Thank you so very much.

Mike


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lilypjmom2122 6 years ago from Minnesota

Love it!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

lilypjmom, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate your stopping by.

Mike


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Mike, many poets have claimed to be more moved emotionally by melancholy than by happiness. Enjoyed the profound read!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Habee, thanks for stopping by. I will certainly confess that mood swings often affect my writing, and at least in that regard, I guess I am in good company. I thank you for your kind words, and I always appreciate your reading my work. Have a great Sunday.

Mike


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Hi Mike,

Honestly, just trying to help you out. I feel terrible that you have so few comments, and make no mind to it. I'll comment lots, and also get my head checked. In the meantime, know that when time passes, more comments will come

oh, must stop, laughing too hard

love ya

nighty night


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Kim, thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy seeing you here. It is especially helpful today, when a lot has gone wrong. Thank you.

Mike


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

Excellent, beautiful and lyrical. Writing when you're sad is a great emotional release. I thoroughly enjoyed your muse. Peace to you Mike and have a great evening.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

pmccray, thanks for reading. For some reason I look to write poetry mostly when I'm feeling down--I'm not sure why. I appreciate your stopping by, and thanks for the kind words.

Mike


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Mekenzie 6 years ago from Michigan

Mike, You express such depth and your feeling are so written so vividly. The poet in you communicates those feelings so well. You say you write poetry when you are feeling down .. I write poetry when I feel something passionately. Isn't it amazing how it just springs out from within. I hope your depression is lifting my friend .. I have been touched by your very kind soul and appreciate YOU!

Mekenzie


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Mekenzie, thank you for your kind comments. The problems that caused me to feel so low remain, but I am dealing with them better now--so things are fine. Thanks again for reading, your wisdom and compassion are greatly appreciated.

(Nice to see you here again.)

Mike


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writer83 6 years ago from Cyber Space

Such a touching heart felt poem :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Writer83, thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate it greatly. Take care.

Mike


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

HMMMM, that was "touching" -- sad -- it happens in us and once in while we have this feeling, I read HC and got it, Hope you always feel better, I will always make you smile always, Maita


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thank you for reading, Maita. You do always make me smile. I have been known to get really depressed every once in awhile, but things have been better lately. I appreciate your stopping by.

Mike


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Phyllis Doyle 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Mike, I love your poems. They are so full of deep emotion. When reading this one I had the strong urge to send you a hug. Then when reading "The Room is Empty" I wanted to send you two hugs. You are never alone when you can put words into poetry for others to read. You are never alone in spirit -- for you seem to attract so much love. You have a quietness about you that comforts me. Thank you.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Phyllis, thanks so much for reading, and also for your kind and gracious comments. I will confess that I appreciated the outpouring of caring that came from writing this, and the other poem as well. As I have said in other venues, sometimes I feel as if I am invisible and I am always surprised to find that someone has noticed what I have said or done. Things haven't changed much from when I wrote this, but I am dealing with things a bit better. And the kind words have helped.

Thanks so much for reading, and I am glad to be able to write in a way that offers an emotional response from you and other readers. I am grateful. Take care, and stop by anytime.

Mike


Tricia Hampton 6 years ago

That was great!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Tricia, thank you for reading. I appreicate your kind words.

Mike


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dylanvest 5 years ago from Dayton, OH

Nice poem. It cut right into my soul. Great rhythm too. Love the artwork.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Dylanvest, thanks for reading. I am grateful to be able to write something that can affect someone on an emotional level. Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

To suggest that your poem is a simple verse is the understatement of the century. The rhythm is so spot on that it has a hypnotic, pleasurable effect, like chocolate melting on your teeth. So come on Mike soak it up, because you nailed that down with a sledge hammer. Oh bye the way, I enjoyed reading that, in case you weren't sure. Cheers


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Attemptedhumor, thanks for the kind words about my writing. I am so appreciative of your comments--I am obviously less confident in my work as a poet than in another style of writing, and I am grateful for the encouragement. Thanks again.

Mike


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

So heart felt and so full of deep emotion. Thank you for sharing your fabulous words.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Acaetnna, thanks for your kind words. I am pleased you found something of value here. Thanks again.

Mike


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

Thank you, Mike, for sharing your deepest feelings in this poem. That takes such honesty and openness, qualities that I deeply admire. Remember, the ups and downs of life are just simply a part of it. And we are here for a purpose, not just aimlessly wandering. Once you fully accept in your heart that we are here for a purpose and we begin determining what that purpose is, AND we understand that fear, grief, loss are an everyday part of each of our lives as well as the joy, peace and contentment, life makes sense and worthy of experiencing. ........life is good.


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Mike Lickteig 5 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thank you for your insights and your kindness, Exotic Hippie Queen. I will confess that some days it is more difficult to see the true purpose in life than others, and this poem admittedly caught me at a vulnerable moment. You are correct, however--life is good, and that is the reality. Thanks again.

Mike

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