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Chase the Wind

Updated on February 14, 2017
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This one is dedicated to my dear friend Paula, who is not only encouraging and supportive but also the source of inspiration for this particular piece. When I told her I may be "just chasing the wind" she told me not to give up because the wind blows in many directions.

~♥~

And then I told her that should be a song, but she informed me it's already been done. So add my thoughts (inspired by her concept) to the collection, then, because I don't care that it's already been done. LOL Besides, I don't think it's the typical view when someone talks about chasing wind, and if you ask me, Paula's is much more rewarding!

Lots of hugs and thanks to you, Paula!


Chase the Wind

You’ll never make it, that’s what they said

You and your lofty goals can come down from the clouds

Before you lose your head

It’s much safer on the ground

Up there is where the storms will rage

Leave you battered, leave you bruised, confused

But it’s too late once your world’s been rearranged

Despite your dreams sometimes feeling more like a noose


Even if you’re only chasing wind

Just try

When you feel like hope is gone

Look inside

You’ll find the strength to carry on

You’ll find you never know

Which way the wind will blow

So chase the wind


The moment she thinks she sees the end

All those ghosts from her past, they start calling her name

They say she can’t transcend

So uncertainly she sways

Not knowing how much she should bend

As the finish line moves yet again

Where it’s going she cannot yet comprehend

But time is wasting, there’s a need she can’t explain


Even if you’re only chasing wind

Just try

When you feel like hope is gone

Look inside

You’ll find the strength to carry on

You’ll find you never know

Which way the wind will blow

So chase the wind


Ashes to ashes, just let go

Like a feather, soar

Where the tumbleweed blows

Forevermore

Chase the wind

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shan.....I am honored, flattered and speechless......Hugs right back to you. Paula

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      So rendering you speechless is a good thing? ;) I'm glad you like it. Maybe one day it will become another song about chasing wind, only more inspirational instead of about pointlessness.

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      Maria Jordan 3 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I first thought of Bob Seger's 'Against the Wind' when I saw the title...

      Your perspective is beautiful - I can hear your words in a song as well.

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Shan.....I have no doubt there are many who would think it "a good thing." Of course, I'm happy to advise them it's a very fleeting thing! LOL. In terms of your lovely poem, yes, my reaction is a compliment to you! :)

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      whonunuwho 3 months ago from United States

      Nicely done my friend. You have captured the essence of what many go through in life. I still think of Forrest G. when I see that feather. One of the greatest films of all time. Keep on writing my friend. Blessings on this fine Winter day. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shannon, this is wonderful. You are quite fortunate to have such a good supportive friend. I thought of "Blowing in the Wind". But from now on when this subject arises I will think of this and you. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful work, and the fact it's dedicated to Paula, my sister by another mother, just makes it all the more special.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was so inspiring! I love the prospect of chasing the wind, one never knows just where it will take you. A word, a memory, a thought will arrive and a beautiful piece such as this will be written for us all to enjoy. Paula inspires all who follow her, whether it's a rant or a story, you know you'll enjoy the read. Thank you...

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      Isabella Allred 3 months ago from Texas

      Oh my goodness, that's beautiful!

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, Maria. I actually sent it over to a songwriter for her opinion. It's my twist on the notion of chasing after the wind. ;)

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Paula, you mean the feeling that chasing the wind is a bad thing is fleeting?

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Hi, whonu. I haven't thought of that movie in quite some time. But now I will be thinking of it. LOL. Thanks!

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Aw, that's sweet, Eric. Thank you.

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      She's a special lady. Bill.

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Hello, Ruby. Paula does inspire quite a few people, doesn't she? And, you're right, she's often quite hilarious, too. I often find inspiration in things people say to me. Sometimes the most random things spark an idea. But I think this is one of my all time favorite things to come from something someone says to me.

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Hi Bella,

      I'm glad you stopped by, I'm glad you like it - and welcome to HubPages. You're very talented. I hope to read more of your work soon. Don't stop writing. If you need inspiration or support, any of these lovely people who have commented so far are worth getting to know. They're only a fraction of the interesting writers around here.

      Do you mind if I ask how old you are? Just curious. I saw your profile last night and it said you're a teenage writer.

      To my other friends and readers: check out this girl's hub. You wont' be disappointed.

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      Isabella Allred 3 months ago from Texas

      Oh my goodness thank you for the offer of inspiration and support, I feel like I've joined this huge community and I have no idea what I'm doing. But as for my age, I am just about to turn sixteen in a few weeks. I've been writing for a while, but I feel like I've still got a long way to go. I would love to get to know as many people as I can, I'm super new to this site and I could really use a helping hand in navigating it all. Thank you so much for reaching out to me, it means a lot.

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Wow, I'm impressed. I was about your age when I decided that I wanted to write because I wanted to and not because it was a homework assignment. LOL. I think you'll find that many of the people on HP, especially the writers in the creative genre (as opposed to genera web information content) will be glad to interact with you.

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      MizBejabbers 3 months ago

      Shannon, such a great message here in poetic form. Most of the women of my generation can identify with it because it was the one we received loud and clear from our elders if we wanted more from life than cooking, cleaning and wiping little snotty noses.

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Hello, MizB. I hope a message like that crosses generations. Good to know you can relate. :)

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL....I meant that there are many who might think it's a "good thing" for me to be rendered speechless, of only momentarily!! LOL

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Oh!!!!!!!! Duh. I should've figured that out. It was me who teased about people thinking it a good thing, after all. LOL. On the other hand. . . you've got a lot of heart behind that bark of yours. They may call you Effer, but no one who really knows you can possibly think you're actually one.

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      They DON'T CALL ME EFFER FOR THE REASON YOU MIGHT THINK! LMAO....I could swear I told you the story behind that nickname! Oh Shan, what am I going to do with you?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Such a wonderful and lovely poem. Nicely penned.

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Arghhhhh! I hate nothing more than typos!! (Above) my last words......(("IF"......only momentarily! IF IF IF IF. ))

      BTW, does anyone know?~do they make a keyboard that has characters that are guaranteed to NOT wear off the keys? I must have purchased 3 new keyboards in the last 8 months!! Shouldn't they last for years??

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      LOL! Paula, you DID tell me that story about a month ago maybe. Time all runs together for me lately.

      You know. . .HP labeled your reply to that as spam. And I almost didn't see it. Why do you suppose it did that? Hahahahaha.

      I don't know, what are you going to do with me? LOL

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Rasma. I appreciate that.

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Damn, Paula, you must be a typing machine! I wear the letters off the keyboards too, but not to the tune of three or ore in a year. Geesh! Of course, I hardly am bothered when they do wear off because I don't look at the keys when I type.

      HOWEVER. . .I do look at the screen when I type. I never could become one of those people who look at the document they are transcribing instead of the screen. I make WAY TOO MANY typos for that. And the bug the hell out of me as well. But I've gotten tot he point that I just let it be half of the time now. Especially since I've been using my phone more than a keyboard lately and it's like typing with two fingers to text. Ugh!! And the autocorrect... . .well, you know all about that when you try to decipher what I actually mean to say! LOL

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      Missy Smith 3 months ago from Florida

      A very encouraging piece, Shan. Good work!

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      Shannon 3 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, Missy! I hope people find it encouraging. :)

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      BODYLEVIVE 2 months ago from Alabama, USA

      That's exactly right about the wind. I sometimes chase the wind and have have some great turn abouts. Not every one is brave enough to chase something they can't see. Personally I enjoyed this piece and bless you in all you do.

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      Shannon 2 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, body. I appreciate your feedback. Sorry it took so long to respond. Just noticed I had a new comment.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 2 weeks ago

      Such an honor to bestow such beautiful words to someone! A priceless gift!

      Tamara

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      Shannon 2 weeks ago from Texas

      Thank you, Tamara. Paula has a compassionate heart. People like that are always inspirational.

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