Ode to the Lonely Wanderers

Forgive yourself
      Lonely wanderer
              See your beauty

Your strength and honor
           Enjoy
                 The lines on your hands

Mapping your touch
          In this world
                        Lines

On your face
          Mapping
                What you've felt

Spread a blanket
          Of welcome
                    For yourself

Laden with your favorite flavors
          Hold court
                    For butterflies

Fluttering gorgeous
          Light before
                         Your eyes

Inhale the fragrant
          Breath of life
                      Expanding

And smile
          This is
               Your lucky day



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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

I would like to stop and smell the flowers but that picture doesn't seem inviting :) Curious, what kind of a flowering plant is it?


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

I love the flow of this poem and really like how you laid it out as that made the poem very enticing. UP and beautiful.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Unfortunately, SilentReed, I am ignorant of the names of the plants I love. Thank you.

Thank you, Minnetonka Twin! I am very glad you enjoyed it.


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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

But I enjoy the poem. Particularly this line " Your strength and honor, enjoy the lines on your hands" for me it says no matter what fortune brings, we must never compromise our principles. For that is where strength and honor dwells.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

That is a lovely and thoughtful interpretation, SilentReed! Thank you again.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

thanks for sharing, Tom. I think there are some days reserved only for contemplating. you know, every time I see a butterfly, I stop and enjoy her flight.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Sometimes these moments just stop me in my tracks. Thank you Rebekah :)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Beautiful poetry! Great job Tom!


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Micky!


WC 6 years ago

'...nhale the fragrant

Breath of life

Expanding'

Amazing Mr. Tom!!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

'spread a blanket of welcome for yourself' - makes a warm glow spread through me. Wonderful verse, Tom. Brings out the joy that should be the birthright of any lonely wanderer.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, my friend, Words Cocktail :)

Thank you, Shalini! :) You add so much with your comments!


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N.E. Wright 6 years ago from Bronx, NY

Hello Tom,

This is beautiful. Just beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.


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Tom Rubenoff 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Ms. Wright! :)


ltblondie 5 years ago

im thinking of using your poem at my brothers funeral he was very much a wanderer whom forgot about himself so maybe it is his lucky day


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

I am honored that you are considering my poem. May your brother's memory be a blessing to you and to your family.

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