Lost - A Narrative Poem

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Lost


I was alone or so it seems,

On the corporate ladder of my dreams,

Alone with my ambition, blind,

With bones to pick, axes to grind.


With each rung climbed, a rise in pace,

Climbing forever, never reaching base,

And as each new target drew ever near,

A small part of me would disappear.


I walked away at the perfect time,

Clocks stopped ticking, time all mine,

And without regret, I start life new,

Time for myself, more time for you.


And peace feels like cool water now,

It travels through my veins some how,

And breaks the chain that binds me to

the stress of life, the pain broke through.


I am renewed as if remade,

The fear struck down, those demons slayed,

And in this stillness I can smile,

And linger with myself awhile.


Looking back across the years,

I built up walls and hid the tears,

‘Til I was captive in my head,

Too many masks and skins to shed.


So bide with me, let's be together,

I was gone but I am back forever,

My old self, the one you knew,

Before I got lost, I was found by you.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

GRL, many thanks for reading. I have been 'free' since July and decided to write a poem about it.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. Such a lovely poem. Joy mingled with sadness and hope. Enjoyed.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Well good on ya! Thanks so much for reading!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

LOL, no, it was suppose to be 'realm of forgetting the real meaning OF life'! But, if tram works for you..... :) I really enjoyed it though!


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Jools. Wonderful! I was with you all the way. I did the same, well done

Voted up and all.

Graham.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Maria, thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comment - I am glad to be back to my old self too :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

FreezeFrame34, thanks, glad you found it too :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Jackie - thanks so much; you're right of course, I have been lucky to be able to walk away early from my working life but it was something I had to do at the time and I have no regrets.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

annart, thanks for your comment. I wondered at the time whether I would go through with it but I did! And I have never regretted it. it's been a lovely last 3 months since I stopped working and I do feel like I've rediscovered myself, difficult to describe how it feels but I tried it in this poem and I think most people got it.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Jools,

Wise...profound... Glad you navigated your way back to you...!

Voted UP and ABI. Hugs, Maria


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

I'm very glad I "found" this!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

My kind of poem and very good. Hard to think there are those who never find themselves, but then some may not get that opportunity but it is great for the ones who do. ^


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

It often takes guts to go off in a different direction or to decide to leave a job or retire. I understand completely what you mean about finding the real you again and it's great when you've got someone to help you do that or to appreciate the real you. Voted up and beautiful.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mary, thanks so much for the comment and the share. I have worked since I was 16 (so not as young as you) but I have always worked full-time but my whole life got to be about work and that's when I decided to walk away, glad I did. Glad that you feel as blessed as I do.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You were able to express your feelings so beautifully here. I feel the same way after retiring. I worked since the age of 13, and now I feel like I am blessed with a whole new life!

I voted this Hub UP, and will share.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Paula, hi there! Thanks so much for commenting, glad you liked this.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

xstatic, glad you liked it - my life is very different now; I'm a bit poorer...but also a bit richer :o)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jools.....wow.....amazing. I absolutely LOVE this. You opened up and shared it all. I'll treasure your thoughts, as my own....UP+++


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Climbing that ladder of success can be costly and poeple often become blind to what really matters in life. This poem expresses it very well.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bill, thanks so much for stopping by. We have shared our thoughts a few times haven't we on this very 'theme' and my life feels so different now since I took off in another direction. So glad I made that change.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Tess, many thanks for your comments; sorry for bringing on the tears :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, many thanks for your comment - all is good in the world today and it made me think about how things were different not that long ago and this poem came out of those thoughts.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

LaThings, thanks so much for reading and I like your word 'tram' there (intentional?)- thankfully, I changed track. So glad I did.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Many thanks for your comment; this last year has been one of great change and I have had to think about how to live my life in a different way but I am loving it - no regrets.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mary, many thanks for dropping by and reading - you got me!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Now that's a message I understand very well. Ah, freedom! How wonderful to be free and to be in touch with myself. You captured it perfectly, Julie!


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TesstheScribbler 4 years ago from At Home

I seriously had to old back tears after reading the last four lines. Great job =)


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Wow, this was absolutely beautiful Julie and you described the feelings that many of us have had of the daily grind and the corporate world. So very relate and just wonderful. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

An excellent thought provoking poem. So many of us fall into this tram of forgetting the real meaning if life. Wonderful flow.... Voting up and beautiful.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Wonderfully well composed description of the many personal dangers involved in getting caught up in the crusade for the almighty dollar.

Outstanding my friend. Voting up.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Perfectly balanced with sadness and joy! Beautiful thoughts leading to being "found". Being renewed and being found....moving from start to finish!

Voted up and awesome.

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