The Road to Nowhere

Road to Nowhere

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Dark Poem

A lost soul begs for it's release from a trapped, suffocating place

An existence ripe with shadows that linger through time and space

Working to seek higher ground from harsh blows life has dealt

A rocky road of pain exacerbated by lack of wealth

Tedious rituals provide respite for weary mind

From life's dense fog, cruel and unkind

Her travels always bringing despair

on an endless road leading nowhere






Prose versus Poetry Quote

I love this quote by Wu Qiao-it makes a great comparison between prose and poetry

"When you write in prose, you cook the rice. When you write poetry, you turn rice into rice wine. Cooked rice doesn't change its shape, but rice wine changes both in quality and shape. Cooked rice makes one full so one can live out one's life span . . . wine, on the other hand, makes one drunk, makes the sad happy, and the happy sad. Its effect is sublimely beyond explanation." - Wu Qiao

Wikipedia's Definition of Prose versus Poetry

Poetry versus prose according to Wikipedia:

Poetry (from the Latin poeta, a poet) is a form of literary art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its apparent meaning.

Prose is the most typical form of language. The English word 'prose' is derived from the Latin prōsa, which literally translates as 'straight-forward.'

Writing Dark Poetry

Do you like writing dark poetry

  • Yes-it's healing for me
  • No-I don't like connecting with my dark side
  • I haven't to date but would like to give it a try
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Evil is a source of moral intelligence in the sense that we need to learn from our shadow, from our dark side, in order to be good.

— John Bradshaw

© 2014 Linda Rogers

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Healing Touch 2 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Wow sis-do we need to talk. LOL Isn't if healing to write dark poetry-if I didn't live with you I would be very worried right now-Excellent writing that brought me to that place of darkness and hopelessness.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Funny Laura-no need to chat. I am a happy camper-just going to my dark place to write poetry that reflects rough times we all go through. Thanks for coming by twinner. Love you :-)


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James-wolve 2 years ago from Morocco

Powerful and profound.Thanks for sharing!


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

This was an interesting poem Linda. Did you write it because you wanted to or because you have writer's block? Perhaps you need a break. It was good whatever the reason. I voted it up and pinned it.

Kevin


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, this is dark. I'm sure we've all been down that road to nowhere. Thank goodness we always rebound and have a lovely road to travel. Awesome poetry.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well that was certainly a trip through the dark tunnel. :) Beautifully written my friend.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

VERY well written. So dark and profound, and many of us can relate to the dark place you described. Great job!


Jane Arden 2 years ago

That poem is amazing. It is so dark and sad. I have been there in another lifetime. Not now, thank God.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wow, that was certainly a dark depressing place you were at Minnetonka. I am glad you are over that and all is rosy now. well written.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Linda, although this poem is dark, it's well-written. I think we all go there from time to time. Hopefully, you feel better now that you've gotten it down on paper and out of your mind.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you very much James. Dark poetry is very healing for me to write.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Kevin-I just have this need to write dark poetry when I'm feeling stuck in life. Whether it's lack of finances or family issues-it helps me to write these type of poems to purge frustration. The last month has been a bear but it is getting better. Thanks for asking my friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Ruby-I didn't want to scare all my hubber friends with this but I just love writing dark poetry. It feels healing to purge frustrations of life. All is well Ruby. Thanks for coming by :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Billy-you just made me laugh really hard. Yea, this is one of my darker ones. I feel so much better now. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Victoria-we all have these dark periods in life and I think it's a good thing to write about it. It was a hard last month but things are getting smoother. Thank you so much for coming by. Hope I didn't depress you. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Jane-We all have the dark part of our psyche's and dark times in our lives. I think many of write to purge our highs and lows. I appreciate you coming by :-) have a great week.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Jodah-sorry if I depressed you with my dark dark poem. It felt so good to write this after a rocky month. What would we writers do without our pen? I shiver to think about it. it's a huge part of my emotional health.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

I feel great now Shauna-just purging the frustrations of life. Hope all is well in your world. I'll have to go see if you have more chapters of your Faith series. Have a great week my friend.


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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Oh, that road always seems to lead to Nowhere, yet, when we eventually look back, we realize that we had to walk it in order to reach the level we are on.....

Just never go back!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

Your words are moving and reflective of moments in many people's lives. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This poem is impressive, Linda. It's very dark, but as breakfast pop says, I think it reflects an experience that many people have in their lives at some time. Thanks for sharing the poem.


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BNadyn 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

These are words that are dark and striking but many people can relate to when going through a rough patch. Excellent poem!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh wow Martie-I love how you re-framed this and saw the bright side. You are so right that the pain in life is what gives our lives a deeper meaning. Thanks for the comment.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks B Pop. Times are hard for many of us in this tough economy which breeds depression. Thank goodness we have our writing. Have a great week my friend.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww, thanks Alicia-times are not easy financially for many of us. I like to take my frustrations and write about it. I thank God for my faith in God at these really dark times in my life. I always know God is with me.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for coming by BNadyn-I know there is always someone else that is dealing with something worse. I hate that money is such a big part of life's journey. Things are getting better but it sure felt good to write about it. Thank you again and have a great week.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Excellent dark poetry here! We all go down that dark road to Nowhere as we go through this life for sure. Thank you for sharing.

He will never forsake you while He is walking there right with you, as you already know.

Blessings and love


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the nice comment Faith Reaper. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have my loving God. I am sure there has been two footprints behind me this last few months. Blessings Faith-big hugs my friend.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Wonderfully expressed in few words!

Somehow I can relate to it today. Thanks!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Can relate. Took that road to nowhere with you.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks ChitrangadaSharan-sorry to hear you relate to it today. It's really rainy and gloom here today so I relate too.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee-I think we've all been down this road at one point in our life. Thanks so much for stopping by :-)


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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Dark indeed, but very well expressed. Up!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Wayne-I love my dark poetry-such a healing form of writing.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Dark, profound, and I think something we can relate to at one moment in our lives. When we write of such times, it can be very healing, and afford us with a release. Beautifully written poem!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Genna-great to hear from you. I think it is important that we write about the pain and hardships as well as the wonderful things in life. Getting the dark stuff out helps us be better to be around. LOL


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I think your words describe the feeling one has when they are depressed or faced with a problem with no meaning or end. Well written and expressive.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much, teaches. I love writing dark poetry to make me feel better.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Greatly expressed with so many thoughts here.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks DDE-I find writing poetry can be so healing. I was frustrated with money issues at the time. Somehow writing about it makes me feel better.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Oh nicely done! I too love to write the darker stuff sometimes--and it can be healing!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

What a great compliment coming from such a accomplished poet. I've always found dark poetry so healing to write. Thank you for coming by Audrey :-)


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

It is a dark poem, indeed. Also very beautiful!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you for commenting Monis. Something so healing about writing dark poems. It's like a purging of sorts. I appreciate you coming by.


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Dim Flaxenwick 2 years ago from Great Britain

Sorry l haven't been around for a while. So glad l didn't miss this amazing poem.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

"Be free my friend". That was awesome and beautiful too. I felt as if I was that spirit but I felt as if you were letting me free. Voted up.

Kevin


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Isn't it interesting that although we may have moved on from our dark places, that a true poet like yourself can capture those bleak moments in so few words. I enjoyed reading this poem, and even better, knowing that you are well removed from the situation(s) which may have inspired this work.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

I feel like I am on that road. This is so beautiful and I had to share it with my hubber family of friends.

Voted up, UABI, and shared.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Good to see you back Dim and thanks for coming by my hub.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Kevin~Glad you felt freed from my poem. What a lovely compliment for a writer. Have a great day!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Peg~I truly am in a better place and feel the need at times to purge emotions and hard times. Thank you so much for the nice compliment on this poem. Hope all is well :-)


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Sorry you can relate to this poem Shryon. I hope your road of despair will turn to rainbows and butterflies very soon. Bless you for the sharing and votes. Hub Hugs :-)


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Doris Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

The imagery in this poem is profound. You almost took me there…but GOD... (LOL)

Seriously, I am new to hubbing and have been doing some exploring. I love your diversity and gift with words. You may even teach me how to cook.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

LOL~Bless your darling comment and compliments. Welcome to HubPages! Let me know if you have any questions. I am a new person after joining this site. I had put down the pen for many years-I've made life-long friends here and learned a lot as a writer. So happy you stopped by. Hub Hugs :-)


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Thomas Swan 2 years ago from New Zealand

Beautiful, and certainly dark. I can imagine it being read out in the `Thriller' voice! A very emotive poem too. I think many of us have been there when we think the world is closing in on us. That need to break out, and the fear that any path we take could make the situation worse.

I'm glad to have discovered your writing, albeit under unorthodox circumstances!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

LOL-Yes, I too am glad you found me here through GT's hub on bullies.

I just love writing dark poetry-it just makes me feel better when things are stressful in life. You totally understood my point here and that always feels good for a writer. Hope your having a good start to the week, my friend :-)


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cam8510 2 years ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

The depth of the last two lines summed up this dark poem very well. I've taken that dark journey and don't wish to travel that way again. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

Cam-Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I find writing dark poetry very healing for some reason. Thanks for coming by :-)


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ahorseback 22 months ago

Dark places , they can visit us at the worst times , Hubbers like you are never quite alone though ! You got US ! Like it or not here we are ....... Smile :-}


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Minnetonka Twin 22 months ago from Minnesota Author

I love you Ed! I don't think any of us are alone in the dark times of life. I am one of the happiest people on earth, yet I have these times of sadness and pain. I think it's good I share the dark too. Keeping it real my friend. By the way, it's my birthday and I'm out eating tex-mex with my twin sister. It's her birthday too. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 22 months ago from Minnesota Author

I love you Ed! I don't think any of us are alone in the dark times of life. I am one of the happiest people on earth, yet I have these times of sadness and pain. I think it's good I share the dark too. Keeping it real my friend. By the way, it's my birthday and I'm out eating tex-mex with my twin sister. It's her birthday too. LOL


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ahorseback 22 months ago

Happy birthday Ladies , oh my gosh ! Two - Twice as beautiful as one could ever be ! Many many Many more !


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Minnetonka Twin 22 months ago from Minnesota Author

Aww-Thanks for your sweet birthday wish. I am really starting to feel my age. We turned '52'. My mind and spirit is still that young gal, but my body doesn't feel the same anymore. LOL All is good though and I am so blessed.


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ocfireflies 22 months ago from North Carolina

Oh! How I know this place and your poem perfectly captures those dark days. V+ for sure. Looking forward to reading more.

Blessings,

Kim


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Minnetonka Twin 22 months ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Kim for your thoughtful comment. So sorry you can relate to those dark days in life. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Hope your having a great weekend so far :)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 22 months ago

Really great details and so rich with the most moving words to use when sometimes this is exactley what it feels like. This is how I felt last year.

And you seem to have captured the essence of the hopelessness, feeling so overwhelmed by events in ones life, we can't control.

You are so awesome Lady! Up ++++ and shared. :-)

Sending you hugs & brighter days! ((((((((((( Linda ))))))))))))


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mary615 22 months ago from Florida

Well, at least there is usually light at the end of one of these dark roads, right? I think we have all been there, too.


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jhamann 22 months ago from Reno NV

Gloomy yet thought provoking! Thank you for sharing. Jamie


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Minnetonka Twin 22 months ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Jo-we all go through these dark periods in life and it's always healing for me to write about it. Thanks for your friendship-it makes me smile :)


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Minnetonka Twin 22 months ago from Minnesota Author

Mary- You are so right~There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Life is a series of ups and downs; it's how we deal with it :)


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Minnetonka Twin 22 months ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Jamie-appreciate you stopping by and reading my depressing poem. LOL-This was one of those dark times when I wrote this piece. I love writing dark poems to get it out. Take care friend :)


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annart 18 months ago from SW England

Well, that was certainly dark. You caught the atmosphere perfectly and left a sense of emptiness and despair. A well-written poem on a bleak theme.

Ann


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Minnetonka Twin 18 months ago from Minnesota Author

LOL-Ann, I know this is a dark one but they are so fun to write. As a really upbeat woman, I find writing dark poetry really invigorating. Thanks so much for coming by.


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annart 18 months ago from SW England

I know what you mean. It's just fun to have a go and find our deep, dark profile isn't it?!


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cam8510 18 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I had thoughts of so many single mothers who are trapped in an economic lifestyle that they seem to not be able to escape, and which they all too often hand on to the next generation. A dark, beautifully written poem.


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Minnetonka Twin 18 months ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Cam-I can certainly see how this poem would make you think of all those hard working single mothers out there. Glad to see you today.


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Glenn Stok 17 months ago from Long Island, NY

Either way if this poem is fact or fiction, it's well-written with a vivid awareness of the feelings behind it. I sure hope you're okay and I wish you all the best.


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Minnetonka Twin 17 months ago from Minnesota Author

You are so sweet Glenn-no worries-this was more fiction than non-fiction with little nuggets of truth. I thank you so much for coming by.

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