Prose - I Can Only Wait

Like a rock
Watching the water fall
I can only lay
Like the sand
Watching the ocean surge
I can only erode
Like an island
Watching a hurricane approach
I can only survive
Like a building
Watching the earth move
I can only hope
Like a tree
Waiting for the gale
I can only bend
Like a bank
Watching the river overflow
I can only stand
Like a forest
Watching the fire
I can only burn
Like a deer
Watching a tiger run
I can only die
Like a slave
Watching the whip
I can only bleed
Like a problem
With only bad choices
I can only lose
Like a baby
Without a mother
I can only cry
Like a Father
Without his children
I can only wait

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V Qisya 5 years ago

Like stars twinkling in the sky,

Your prose poetry makes me smile.

My favorite, "Like a baby...I can only wait".

Entertaining! I like it!Thanks for sharing,Suburban poet ;D

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hey V. Thank you. This is about my situation. I had a bad day. I'm glad you can appreciate how I expressed myself. I'm sorry I had to write it but sometimes things drive me crazy and this helps. Take care....

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RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

You are stoic as an oak tree. This is good writing and I really enjoyed it.

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geetbhim 5 years ago from Ludhiana India

I really enjoy reading this.Thanks for sharing.

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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Wow...this poem spoke volumes about a difficult place one finds oneself. "I can only wait." I think there are rare occasions when we find ourselves in such a place. This is an intriguing poem.

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Teylina 5 years ago

Do you teach a class on similes? This was so good. At first I was thinking the lost soul, lost romance and then toward the end, right before you said it, I thought, 'Omg, he's going thru a hard time right now.' ANYTHING you can do (short of horribly illegal and crimes of passion!) are just what you need to do. No apologies, SP, spit it out any way you want. You do have that freedom of speech even if other freedoms have been taken away. And waiting is all one can often do. Sometimes with extra sugars at the end! Take care of yourself. Won't help the kids or you if you don't! This is a really tough time of year, but just let them see you smile, no matter what's going on inside. Great poem.

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PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

This was truly awesome.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@RV Daniels - It's a situation where stoicism is needed lest you snap... but you still feel these things... THanks.

@geetbhim - ... and thank you for reading!

@Genna - Thank you... it's a situation where waiting is the best option. Forcing the issue brings about too much tension. So it's an exercise in patience. Thank you again for reading and commenting.

@Teylina - Thank you and that is great advice. I understand that a deliberate pace is what is needed. Some people close to me want me to be aggressive but my view is I have to live with what is comfortable to me and waiting is best... I will see them all next week so it's working a bit in my favor...

@PenMePretty - Thank you! Amazing sounds great!

@Dim - Thank you Dim. I appreciate it. Truly...

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