Poem - What Destination?

No lookout above
No rudder below
A sailor's moon
Casts hope's glow
With dreaming eyes
And leisure by my side
There is no end
Only a random tide
What destination
Is worthy of retreat?
From my wandering ways
And the people I meet
No port to find
No place to call home
I live each moment
And await the unknown
A fair wind
Will adorn my plate
After the gales
I circumnavigate
As the night swells
And swiftly falls
I hold the light
To face today's squalls
No matter
I continue onward
Sailing past
An awaiting graveyard
The journey to what destination?
Is the sign on my transom
I will not answer
I will pay no ransom
Follow me if you will
But ask not what I seek
For certainty's assurance
Is only for the weak

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kookoo88 6 years ago from Cripple Creek

Very interesting poem. I really like the picture too. :)


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Jeff May 6 years ago from St. Louis

Fun, I like how the rhythm and rhyme match the sea and the mood.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you kook (I'm sure you're not one) and Jeff... those were some fast responses!


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

A brilliant poem and it was for me as though you were likening your voyage at sea to the journey of life. I love 'I live each moment and wait the unknown'. We should all live for each moment with sheer joy for we do not know what awaits us tomorrow. Great rhythm, loved this one and am pressing your keys again. Thanks for sharing.


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Tammy L 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Beautiful poem. I enjoyed it very much. The picture went well with your poem. Thank you.


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

An awesome picture and I loved the last lines the best For certainty's need Is only for the weak.You make us think??


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richtwf 6 years ago

Life is a voyage - With some certainties and certainly a lot of uncertainties!

Many of us in society are rudderless and are moved along by the wind and waves but don't set a destination where we truly want to go. We can sail closer to the wind and make good speed towards our goals in life if we set our sails right and set ourselves a port of destination. Our destiny is in our own hands.

Thanks for sharing these thoughts and enjoyed the poem. Cheers and peace to you.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you acaetnna,

Yes... that's the goal; each moment with joy no matter what tomorrow may bring... easier said than done...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Tammy L.... I found that picture out there in cyberspace and I liked it... it was exactly what I wanted...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Dream On,

We have to be able to live with uncertainty or we will be paralyzed with fear... you have to be able to function...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thanks Rich,

NO NO NO... I want to be rudderless! Ha... it's about not worrying all the time which is easier for me to write about than to actually accomplish... thanks for the thoughtful remarks and cheers to you...


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Wonderful poetry.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Fabulous! Enjoyed it immensely Thanks!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you both Breakfastpop and pennyofheaven... all blessings to you...


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Nayothara 6 years ago

Bravoo!! Grate poet.. Grate thoughts... destination... We all have no idea where we heading, so many things in us want to reach something, call home, feel 'I found it..' 'This is it' some says! destination, it is not yet (No body seems to found it yet!) and when is destination? It is going to be a long way for that... I enjoyed your HUB. Awesome! Life is a journey destination..... hmmm , well that is what we keep searching in everything...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Nayo... hmmmm is right... The destination IS the journey... we are already there.... stop anticipating and begin living in the now....

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