This Place - Devastation

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Recently, I have been reminded of what it feels like to be on the verge of losing someone you love very much.

Feeling these emotions myself and watching someone I care about go through the same experience, is what led to writing the following poem.

I am on the other side of this now, but for all who are experiencing it for the first time, I hope this poem will strike a cord of familiarity and also reinforce the belief in our ability to survive a trip on a road that feels like it has no end in sight.

This Place - Devastation

In this place
My tears flow like a river
My sadness adheres to no boundary lines
 
And love has no rescuer
No healer from the stings
And pangs
Of the scorpion pursuing me
 
In this place
The roadways lead to infertile ground
Landscapes uncultivated
And barren
 
I will not inhabit this place
Forever
But for now
This place 
Is my abode
 
Where I remain until
My eviction occurs
 
Loving support exists
Apart from this place
 
I see it in the distance
I hear its constant cries
 
One day I will heed its call
I will return home and 
Soak in the rays of
Brightness it offers
 
For now though
I am in 
This place
 
Learning from the 
Solitude
Fully covering its
Territory
Examining its scope
 
For now
This place
is all I know 

 

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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi ahorseback! Thank you very much!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Now that was powerful writing !.....:-}


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Tammy, thank you so much for reading and leaving a comment. :-)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Heartfelt and oh so true. You captured the emotions with your words. Thanks for sharing.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thank you donotfear!


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donotfear 6 years ago from The Boondocks

Very deep.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks for reading handipeep. :-)


handipeep 6 years ago

absolutely beautiful, moving. thanks for sharing.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Wow Connie, that's a lot on your plate. I know what you mean though. Feels like our loved ones have been gone an eternity, even when its the first week. Thanks for your comment I am glad you like the poem. Hope you will be able to drop me a line soon and tell me how you are doing. :-)


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Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Jen, you are so talented. What a beautiful poem. In the midst of all the moving, etc., I also had to face the 3rd anniversary of my husband's death on Nov. 19. It is hard to believe that it has been so long, yet in many ways feels like yesterday.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Arthur, First, being new to poetry I'm glad to read I have a "style" :-) Second, thank you very much for your encouraging words. And third, if we have similar styles, I need to check out your hubs! :) Appreciate your comment, thanks again.

Jen


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Arthur Gulumian 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Beautifully written. Your style reminds me a lot of my own and I do find some comfort in that haha =]. Brilliant work on the correlation between love and desolation.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Correction, her TWO year anniversary is approaching, don't know why I said 3 years, Russ. Guess it feels longer to me.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Thank you for reading Russ. Grieving my mom is on going, and as her 3rd anniversary quickly nears, my thoughts are clearly with her. Writing is truly a great outlet for me, now that some time as passed.


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Rascal Russ Miles 7 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

While not all things we write are happy, poetry or otherwise, we do feel better having gotten it out. Thank you for sharing.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Jan, you said it much better than I, so thank you! :-)


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JanTutor 7 years ago from London, England

Solitude is a most devastating poverty, thank you Jen for reminding us that we are not alone in this place.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Thanks so much Sue. You are right, rarely do we meet someone who hasn't experienced losing someone very close to them. Its a club no one wants to belong to, but is gaining new members every minute.

Love to you as well!

Dar


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

We have all been in this place...the place of the solitude in your name...a beautiful portrayal of how real this place is and how distant the offerings of peace seem although we are aware they exist. Resisting the calm in the midst of the storm....As always Dar, well written and evoking of emotion........Thanks!!! Love and Light! Sue


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

DeBorrah, thank you for your kind words. Sorrowful is a great word, to describe the impending loss of a loved one.

Sorrowful and unimaginable. Thankfully recovery is on the other side.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Jen's Solitude, Although sorrowful this is a Nice Poem! Its good to know that "HOPE" is on the other side of devastation. Thank you for sharing, Blessings!


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Paradise7 and Sara Tonyn! Thank you both for leaving comments. It is a sad place to visit, but I'm glad we don't have to reside there forever.


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Sara Tonyn 7 years ago from Ohio, the Buckeye State

Wonderful and inspirational poem, albeit sad as well. Yet another excellent hub from you, Jen. Thank you for being a bright light for the rest of us who are trying to find our way in This Place.

Take care! :)


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Ah, what a sad poem that fits. Love to you, Jen, and healing powers. God bless.


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware Author

Thinking about you constantly, Amy


amygtz 7 years ago

Thank you Dar.

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