ODE TO LIFE'S JOURNEY

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The water drips from the kitchen sink

Running across the porcelain; skaters on a rink

The old clock ticks habitually on the wall

The minutes sliding by; a river into a waterfall



The journey goes on day by day

Crossing paths of life; varied in their way

Experiences come and go with each meeting

Broadening knowledge; ignorance defeated



Rain drops fall into a dry stricken land

Nurturer of life; trickling into the sand

Life creeps forth slowly; a dying thirst to quench

Draught is turned back; we still smell the stench



Mankind finds its heart and caring for one another

Reaching out its hand; As would a caring mother

Those of lesser means; struggling just to stand

Love comes to earth; man is helping man



Man’s fate is cast upon the winds of chance

A gamble at best; the lucky to advance

Some make it through; others fall to the side

The journey soon ends; bury those who died



Can Heaven await the coming of the simple souls

A promise once made; Eden unfolds

Some will get there; joyous journey just begins

Lock gates for others; laden by their sins



Life becomes a journey shaped by all mankind

Unknown in the next curve; familiar from behind

Some make the best of it; some make it their worst

All perform on the stage; their acts unrehearsed


 

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writer20 5 years ago

Love this sad really felt poem.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Life's Journey is indeed full of twists, turns, falls and waterfalls. Wayne, I just love this verse:

"Mankind finds its heart and caring for one another

Reaching out its hand; As would a caring mother

Those of lesser means; struggling just to stand

Love comes to earth; man is helping man"

It says exactly how I see our future and Love comes to earth is when Jesus became human incarnate. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.......


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Wayne,there will be no debating when you and hyphen get up there in the line. I might have a bit of explaining to do for a few earlier discretions, but redemption is is mentioned and i've been working on that for half a lifetime. Life takes us on a colourful journey, but now we can do it on hubpages without wearing holes in our shoes. I can now share a bit of your journey through your words. You always get us thinking and this well structured thought provoking poem is a another example of that. Cheers, i'm off out for breakfast with friends, so i'll have a coffee for you. Cheers


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Wayne, I love the video and song. That first part describes the old me so well. I had men who loved me but always felt an urge and calling down a dark highway. You chose well for this Hub. Perfect.

Thank you dear attemptedhumor:):)


marellen 5 years ago

Everyone makes their own life and choices, some have to struggle while others skate by. Its called the irony of life.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@writer20...Thank you for the read and the comment. WB

@Hypenbird...That was the verse that brought it home to me as to whether or not man could achieve that level in God's eyes and hang on to it. Thanks for the good comments. WB

@attemptedhumor...I had a friend who always described herself as reaching out to God as her feet dangled in the fires of hell. I always got a laugh out of that but there is considerable truth to the analogy. Thanks much. WB

@marellen...Very true, that is what makes it our own personal journey which we must take alone at times. WB


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Very well said, Wayne! For me the following phrases is a chord -

Experiences come and go with each meeting

Broadening knowledge; ignorance defeated

All perform on the stage; their acts unrehearsed


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Just beautiful.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Well written my friend, my journey on this long and lonesome highway of trials and tribulations have led me to where I am today, comfortable in my shell, yet yearning to share what I have left to share. I have been tested by life and I am fortunate to have made it this far. Let's just keep giving, loving and taking care of one another. In the end that's all that counts. LOVE....these words of yours were especially meaningful to me.

"Life becomes a journey shaped by all mankind

Unknown in the next curve; familiar from behind

Some make the best of it; some make it their worst

All perform on the stage; their acts unrehearsed"

Peace and love my brother from Texas....


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Life is an unknown journey and adventure.

I love this line: 'The minutes sliding by; a river into a waterfall'

Great poem Wayne, thank you.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@MartieCoetser...Yes, I think the line stating all perform their acts on stage unreheased is one of the best truths of the verse. We get one shot in most cases. Thanks, Martie. WB

@Becky Katz...Thanks so much...so glad you enjoyed it. WB

@saddlerider1...I chose the picture to go with this poem becauses it suggests to me that we are all in the same boat and dependent on each other at various points in life. I think it is very important that we not forget that. Life is difficult and even more difficult when one tackles it alone in every respect. Thanks for your great comments, Ken. WB

@Movie Master...Thank you...that analogy just came to me immediately when I thought of how life is lived...drop by drop into a great waterfall. Thanks for the great comment! WB


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Your beautiful expressive words resonate with me. I may have to print it and carry it in my pocket. Up beautiful and oh so awesome!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Glad my lemonade stand poetry is so popular with you, Poppy! Thanks much! WB


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

Wonderful imagery and metaphor, Wayne...Your prose is always a delight to read, contemplate, and enjoy...Life is indeed a stage, and we but actors upon it ( so sayeth the Bard )...

Voted up with both thumbs...Larry


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@maven101...Hey,Larry...good to see you about. Life is indeed a stage and upon the the actors play their parts all done without a script it would seem. Thanks for the good words. WB


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

Wayne...looking at the political and cultural trends it would appear that a determined effort by some would want to write that script for us...The radicalization of our college youth has turned the last two generations into folks that salute and march to government solutions while blissfully giving up their freedoms fiat by fiat...

The stage and its actors are being molded into a collective utopia where free choice and free minds will not exist...


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very well done, Wayne! You have touched my heart and soul with beautiful, thought provoking words. Thank you.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@maven101...You are correct, Larry...unfortunately, the actors do not know there is a script. It is amazin gwhat can be done to young minds when there are no files in residence to counter the information or even question it. I think your assessments are correct unless things change greatly. WB

@Phyllis Doyle....Thank you, glad I could elicit those emotions with this one. WB


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This is a bit of the good and a bit of the bad. Partly hopeful, and partly sad. Thanks for your thoughtful poetic ruminations. Wayne.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

For some odd reason the first stanza of this poem brought to mind, "England Swings" ... like a pendulum do, Bobbies on bicycles two by two, West Minster Abbey, Tower of Big Ben, rosy red cheeks of the little children. Maybe it has the same cadence ... maybe I've just lost it. hehehe But the remainder of the poem reminds me also, of a truth so profound and only you could have written it in such a way that it goes deep into the heart of the reader and pulls out what is good, what is true, and adds resolve to live in the moment but with compassion and love for all who need it so. A fine, fine job you've done here!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Wayne, This is beautiful! And I think everyone can see themselves at some point on the journey. From The Tao of Travel, a book I am reading: " The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown, to bear witness to the consequences, tragic or comic, of people possessed by the narcissism or minor differences. Chekov said, “If you’re afraid of loneliness, don’t marry.” I would say, if you’re afraid of loneliness, don’t travel. The literature of travel shows the effects of solitude, sometimes mournful, more often enriching, now and then unexpectedly spiritual.”


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Kind of like life, huh Doc? Some sweet; some sour but hopefully it all works out in the end. WB

@Poohgranma...I guess Roger Miller must be affecting my poetic style! LOL! Thank you so much for those kind words. I really do not think much about these verses. They just come to me. Initially all I had was the first line which had been running around in my head for a couple of days and I really could not figure out why. So I wrote it down with no particular direction, then things just started to flow and I went with it. This was the final product....probably 15 minutes to write I would guess. Glad it touches folks rather than just being perceived as nonsense. WB

@Truckstop Sally...I think much can be said in that same light for the journey of life. Though we plan it in some ways, most of it is as unknown as the next minute to us. What could potentially happen may not yet we are never quite certain and if it does not happen in this particular moment, what of the next? There is a curiosity and a bit of adventure in those moments...like a river into a waterfall. WB


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Wayne great piece, Hombre it don't get no better than this,

just ask me I'll tell you! The tune had a Marty Robbins ring, first I heard it, muey bueno, dust


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@50 Caliber...That tune was penned by Rodney Crowell who was once Johnny Cash's son-in-law (married to Roseanne). Crowell said when he first met Cash that he was in awe and told Cash how much he admired his work. Cash, apparently afraid his daughter would marry a no good songwriter looked Crowell in the eye and said, "Boy, I don't know you well enough to miss you when you're gone." Classic Cash. Crowell went on to write many good songs. By the way, the other guy in the car there in the video is Guy Clark...a Texas songwriter and guitar-maker. He wrote the song I used in the piece, "Desperados"....called "Desperados Waitin' For A Train". He too has written many good ones but is not that well known. No doubt, Marty Robbins was among the best story-telling songwriters. Thanks, Dusty. WB


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Wayne, recognized Guy, he and Jerry Jeff and John Prine have to top my list of writers/performers but I don't cull no Willie, Cash and the likes of a list that could roll on for a while, all depends on the day and which whiskey LOL. I got a collection as music is 24/7 hear and 9 guitars, piano, blues harp collection hell even got a Kazoo hahaha, no really! I'll be listening to more of Crowell probably heard him but just didn't know who, thanks for the intro and always love a new [to me] Cash retort, dust


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@50 Caliber...Dusty, Crowell best work is his album "Houston Kid"...great songs on that one...it's autobiographical. WB


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Huey19 5 years ago from Chicago

Wayne, you're so popular your million comments intrigue me, but this time I won't read them all before responding. I just wanted to share some kudos to you for this beautiful piece. I enjoyed the song with it very much. Thank you for the peace of mind and I look forward to reading more as always. :-)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Huey19...Well, thank you for those wonderful and encouraging comments. This poem came to me so fast that I almost feel like the instrument and not the creator. But, being the "Lemonade Stand Poet" that I am, I don't fight with the words a lot...I just write 'em down and see how they fall. I am so glad that you are encouraged by them. WB

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