A Mountainous Shadow of Doubt - a Poetic Response to Bill Holland's Challenge
Having previously submitted a story to Bill's challenge, I'd no intention of submitting another entry. However, I was unable to go to sleep until I'd written this poem which thrust itself on me. After all, poetry is my main hallmark. So please accept this as it is intended, which is for inspiration to arise from doubt or gloom if/when it besets us.
A mountainous shadow of doubt, ~
They crouch and writhe
Beneath surrounding mount
'Midst consuming, soulful gnawing
Hid in abandoned, crumbling walls,
Traveling on rejected rails
To graveyards of despairing calls
'Midst moans and wails
Along its trails.
Embrace the hope within.
Escape the bonds of fear.
Cast off, cast down the chains
Which now enfold your souls.
Take hold of hope abounding.
Rise up! Oh doubters, arise!
You need not hide your sighs.
Cast off, cast down the lies
Which overtook your lives.
Rise up with sun in view.
No more a mountainous shadow,
No more circuitous traversing.
No more those cavernous graves.
No more oppressive despair dispersing ~
With glorious sunshine everywhere,
Peace is ling'ring there.
The poem by ~ © Nellieanna Hay,
written September 3, 2016.
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© 2016 Nellieanna Hay